U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Designates aSTEAM Village as an EnVision Center site for
HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson paid a visit to aSTEAM Village after designating aSTEAM Village as the lead not-for-profit agency for the EnVision Center networks of Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas. On June 7, 2018, HUD announced the initial 18 pilot EnVision Center cities and accepted aSTEAM Village's application in conjunction with the Unified Government of Kansas City, Kansas / Wyandotte County, the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Kansas City Housing Authority and the Kansas City, Kansas Housing Authority.
The Kansas City, Missouri EnVision Center is located at aSTEAM Village 1600 Paseo Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108.
The aSTEAM Village Kansas City, Kansas EnVision Center is located at Miracle Temple C.O.G.I.C., 2106 Quindaro Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66104.
The will be many more EnVision Center locations and service providers that will come online throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area over the next several months.
The EnVision Centers demonstration is premised on the notion that financial support alone is insufficient to solve the problem of poverty. Intentional and collective efforts across a diverse set of organizations are needed to implement a holistic approach to foster long-lasting self-sufficiency. EnVision Centers will provide communities with a centralized hub for support in the following four pillars: (1) Economic Empowerment, (2) Educational Advancement, (3) Health and Wellness, and (4) Character and Leadership. The Economic Empowerment pillar is designed to improve the economic sustainability of individuals residing in HUD-assisted housing by empowering them with opportunities to improve their economic outlook. The Education pillar seeks to bring educational opportunities directly to HUD-assisted housing and includes partnering with public and private organizations that approach education in non-traditional ways on non-traditional platforms. The Health and Wellness pillar is designed to improve access to health outcomes by individuals and families living in HUD-assisted housing. The Character and Leadership pillar is designed to enable all individuals and families residing in HUD-assisted housing, especially young people, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens by encouraging participation in volunteer and mentoring opportunities.
Through results-driven partnerships with federal agencies, state and local governments, non-profits, faith-based organizations, corporations, public housing authorities (PHAs), tribal designated housing entities (TDHEs) and housing finance agencies, EnVision Centers will leverage public and private resources to help individuals and families living in HUD-assisted housing climb the ladder of opportunity.