A national demonstration program to reduce the reliance on HUD-assisted housing by promoting self-sufficiency kicked off Thursday in Detroit.
Seventeen communities around the country have been selected as EnVision Center demonstration cities.
The goal is to empower people to leave HUD housing and “become responsible homeowners and renters in the private market,” a HUD news release said.
No cities in Mississippi were announced for the program. The HUD-funded Corinth Housing Authority manages 330 units locally and recently received $647,000 in federal funding to upgrade properties.
“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,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in the release.
Helping people become self-sufficient will open up HUD housing to others who are in need and on waiting lists, according to the federal agency.
“The EnVision Centers demonstration is premised on the notion that financial support alone is insufficient to solve the problem of poverty,” the release added.
EnVision Centers will provide communities with support hubs to help residents with economic empowerment, educational advancement, health and wellness and character and leadership.
The program intends to create public and private partnerships to make positive community impacts.
“HUD anticipates that positive outcomes for individuals and households will generate additional positive impacts at the community-wide level,” the news release said.
“Housing assistance should be more than just putting a roof over someone’s head,” said Secretary Carson.