Jeff Humphrey, Media Content Coordinator, 509.625.6308
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 3:34 p.m.
On Tuesday, August 13, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development toured Spokane’s EnVision Center.
Spokane is one of 18 American cities serving as a proving ground for a program championed by HUD Secretary Ben Carson.
The EnVision Center initiative was created to leverage public and private resources to help individuals and families to get on the road to a better future.
“This is a wonderful endeavor here that has shown what can happen when a lot of people come together, work together, for the good of the community,” Secretary Carson said.
Spokane’s EnVision Center, which is known locally as the Spokane Resource Center, opened its doors to clients in April and already helped more than 300 people.
“The EnVision Centers are really to provide wrap around services for those in our community who could use some help ascending the ladder of opportunity and success,” the Secretary added.
The Spokane EnVision Center works with more than 20 public, private and non-profit partners to provide the services that can help people become more self- sufficient.
“The EnVision Center is the national model now for the country and I’m just so proud of this community, the leaders, the partners from a whole host of organizations, that have come together, working together to help some of the most vulnerable in our community,” said Cathy McMorris Rodgers, U.S. Representative for Washington’s 5th congressional district.
Without an appointment, those in need can walk into the EnVision center and receive housing assistance, financial planning, legal services and access to health care.
The EnVision Center is intended to help all people in the community, but especially those on the brink of experiencing homelessness.
“And so it’s with your vision, the EnVision Center, that we stand alongside you. But really I hope you see the foundation in my city, that I’m very proud of, that we talk about becoming a safer, smarter, healthier community,” Spokane Mayor David Condon told the Secretary.
The Spokane EnVision Center is located at 130 S. Arthur Street.