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HUD No. 19-20
Ed Cabrera
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Thursday
October 31, 2019

HUD ADMINISTRATOR AND PHOENIX MAYOR KATE GALLEGO DESIGNATE THE AEROTERRA COMMUNITY CENTER A HUD ENVISION CENTER
Hub Brings Holistic Housing Support to Help Low-Income Residents Be More Self-Sufficient
 

PHOENIX - To help low-income residents increase their income and gain self-sufficiency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego designated the Aeroterra Community Center as a HUD-approved EnVision Center today, joining dozens of communities across the country taking this vital step to collocate support services for the benefit of its citizens.

HUD’s EnVision Center demonstration offers assisted families support to help them achieve self-sufficiency and, thereby, making limited federal resources available to others awaiting assistance. It is premised on the fact that financial support alone is insufficient to solve poverty. Intentional and collective efforts across various organizations are needed to realize a more holistic path to foster lasting self-sufficiency.

“We want to build a more inclusive city, one that provides all its residents a path to the middle class,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “This means having safe, convenient housing within the financial reach of all Phoenicians. Today’s designation brings us one step closer to making that goal a reality.”

“We won’t measure success by the number of people who enter the Aeroterra EnVision Center,” said HUD Regional Administrator Christopher Patterson. “Success will hinge on the number of persons who achieve greater self-sufficiency and the extent to which they no longer require program assistance and gain the financial wherewithal to rent, or even buy, their own homes.”

EnVision Centers provide communities with a centralized hub to access support in the following four pillars: (1) Economic Empowerment, (2) Educational Advancement, (3) Health and Wellness, and (4) Character and Leadership.

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found collocating government services could be a more effective way of helping low-income Americans. EnVision Centers aim to break down the silos in government that perpetuate inefficiencies.

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