HUD Chooses Money Guide To Launch Fort Worth, TX EnVision Center

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“One of the center’s first programs this summer, Money Guide for Young Entrepreneurs, invites students to free summer classes from June 10 to Aug. 2. Students will pick a community issue and use science, technology, engineering, art and math skills to tackle the problem, Richards said.”
– BY LUKE RANKER, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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May 06, 2019 01:56 pm, UPDATED May 06, 2019 04:06 pm

Addressing The Issue

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under Secretary Ben Carson has pitched the EnVision centers as a means to elevate people out of public housing and into sustainable jobs and housing. The Fort Worth location is part of a pilot program in 17 cities.

Residents, primarily those at the Cavile Place public housing complex, can access information about Fort Worth Housing Solutions and healthcare programs as well as education, job training and résumé help. Suzanne Richards, EnVision Center coordinator, described the center as a holistic approach to battle poverty by giving people the tools they need to improve their situation.

Solving The Problem

One of the center’s first programs this summer, Money Guide for Young Entrepreneurs, invites students to free summer classes from June 10 to Aug. 2. Students will pick a community issue and use science, technology, engineering, art and math skills to tackle the problem, Richards said.

Carson touted Fort Worth as model for other cities in March during a tour of the Presbyterian Night Shelter. He has visited the city several times, but during that stop he lauded the partnerships between the city, housing authority, county and various charities.

Fort Worth rose above other cities applying for the EnVision Center because of a strong focus on homeless care and job creation, said Beth Van Duyne, a HUD regional administrator.


Improve economic sustainability by empowering them with opportunities with training that leads to viable career pathways that lead to real and needed immediate jobs


Harness the power of public and private organizations that impact educational outcomes by bringing the opportunities directly to those who need them most


Improve access to health outcomes of public housing residents through forward thinking partnerships with telemedicine and mobile service providers, healthy living counselors and grocery chains


Empower communities with not only the vision to dream big for their families, but give them the mentoring and training to make their dreams a reality

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