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Envision Centers

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How is an EnVision Center different from a Community Center?

Success will be measured based on outcomes not participation. EnVision centers will track success not by the number of people who walk through the door, rather success is measured by the number of people who are moved to self-sufficiency because of their involvement in EnVision Center programming.  The questions that matter are; how many participants receive long term jobs, attain GEDs, earn a college diploma, start an income generating business?

What are the focus areas of EnVision Centers?

EnVision centers have four distinct focus areas: (1) Economic Empowerment, (2) Educational Advancement, (3) Character & Leadership and (4) Health & Wellness.

What types of organizations can be EnVision Center Partners?

EnVision Centers are built on public-private partnerships formed between non-profit organizations, federal, state and local government agencies, CDC’s, PHA’s, housing finance agencies, and faith-based groups.

Who pays for the EnVision Center?

Public and private resources will be mobilized to expand and improve the delivery of services provided within the EnVision Center.

I have a wonderful program that would be a great partner for an EnVision Center.  How should I proceed?

The best way to proceed is by contacting the Anchor Partner in your region.

Who staffs EnVision Centers?  How do I apply for a job at an EnVision Center?

EnVision Centers are staffed by non-profit organization employees, public volunteers, and public-private service providers that donate their resources. For information about employment, contact the Anchor Partner in your region.

Who are the partners for the EnVision Centers?

EnVision Center partners include both corporate and non-profit organizations. The partners vary across regions and EnVision Centers.  

How are the EnVision Centers self-sustaining?

The EnVision Centers are self-sustaining through the application of resources and implementation of services provided by various partners.

Will the success of EnVision Centers be tracked?

In partnership with appropriate federal, state and private organizations, HUD’s Department of Policy and Research will evaluate the impact towards achieving EnVision Center goals.

I would like to be a corporate partner of the EnVision Centers.  How should I proceed?

For more information about becoming a Corporate or Foundation Partner, contact the Anchor Partner in your region.

Where are the EnVision Centers located?

The EnVision Centers will operate within communities where there is a high concentration of public and low-income housing. 

Do you have to pay to participate in EnVision Center programs?

There are no costs to the primary programs of the EnVision Center. 

What are the target populations for the EnVision Centers?

Each EnVision Center will build its target demographics based on the assessed needs of the community. However, in general terms, EnVision Centers aim to work with people of all ages who rely on housing assistance:

  • Priority one – people who rely on housing assistance
  • Priority two – people who live in low income communities
  • Priority three – all Americans who want expanded opportunities

What is the purpose of the mobile app?

The purpose of phase one of the mobile app is to provide easy access to government services that promote self-sufficiency.

What will additional phases of the app offer?

In addition to including a Section 3 jobs portal, an updated HUD resource locator and geospatial features, phases 2 and 3 will expand the services of the app to include non-government programs that promote self-sufficiency.