KCK Selected for HUD Envision Center Demonstration

From the Unified Government:

Kansas City, Kansas has been selected as demonstration centers for a new federal program aimed at offering support services to families served by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

KCK is one of 17 cities across the nation chosen to be part of the innovative demonstration project. KCMO was also picked.

The goal of EnVision Centers is to offer HUD-assisted families access to support services that can help them achieve self-sufficiency, thereby making scarce federal resources more readily available to a greater number of households currently waiting to receive HUD assistance. 

“Housing assistance should be more than just putting a roof over someone’s head,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “These EnVision Centers offer a more holistic housing approach by connecting HUD-assisted families with the tools they need to become self-sufficient and to flourish.

Located on or near public housing developments, EnVision Centers will be centralized hubs that serve as an incubator to support four key pillars of self-sufficiency:

  1. Economic Empowerment
  2. Educational Advancement
  3. Health and Wellness
  4. Character and Leadership

After the groundbreaking, each demonstration community receiving the EnVision Center designation will convene with their local stakeholders and resident councils to assist in the selection of services to be offered at the Center, as a means of ensuring that many voices are heard and the needs identified are addressed. 

HUD will develop tools to track and measure resident outcomes of EnVision Center participants and services – the goal of which is to ensure the EnVision Centers are able to achieve and monitor progress against the goals of the program.

Secretary Carson is scheduled to visit KCK later this summer to announce and kick-off the launch of the KCK EnVision Center.

To learn more about Secretary Carson’s EnVision Center demonstration, please visit HUD.gov/EnVisionCenters.