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HUD No. 20-010
Agatha Gutierrez
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February 25, 2020

Friendly Temple EnVision Center celebrates with ribbon cutting ceremony

KANSAS CITY - HUD Great Plains Regional Administrator Jason Mohr traveled to St. Louis to join Bishop Michael Fulton Jones, Sr., the Honorable Jeffery Boyd, City of St. Louis Alderman Ward 22, EnVision Center Network Partners and community stakeholders to celebrate the grand opening of the Friendly Temple EnVision Center @Langston, the first HUD EnVision Center in St. Louis, MO. Friendly Temple Baptist Missionary was one of three EnVision Center designations in St. Louis announced in December 2019. One of Secretary Carson's signature initiatives, EnVision Centers will offer HUD-assisted families access to support services that can help them achieve self-sufficiency, thereby making scarce federal resources more readily available to a greater number of households currently waiting to receive HUD assistance. Read more about HUD's EnVision Center Demonstration.

"Friendly Temple EnVision Center will offer a housing approach by connecting HUD-assisted and low-income families with the tools and resources they need to become economically independent and flourish," said Regional Administrator Jason Mohr.

"We look forward to increasing our capacity to serve the community with more programs and services at Friendly Temple EnVision Center," added Bishop Michael F. Jones, Sr. "This important HUD designation will encourage investment to move individuals and families to self-sufficiency."

Located on or near public housing developments, EnVision Centers will be centralized hubs that serve as an incubator to support four key pillars of self-sufficiency - (1) Economic Empowerment, (2) Educational Advancement, (3) Health and Wellness, and (4) Character and Leadership.

Through results-driven partnerships with organizations such as: federal agencies, state and local governments, non-profits, faith-based organizations, corporations, public housing authorities, and housing finance agencies, EnVision Centers will leverage public-private partnerships to connect HUD-assisted households with services that offer pathways to self-sufficiency.

Prior to the grand opening, Friendly Temple convened with their local stakeholders and resident councils to assist in the selection of services to be offered at the Center, as a means of ensuring that many voices are heard and the needs identified are addressed. HUD will develop tools to track and measure resident outcomes of EnVision Center participants and services - the goal of which is to ensure the EnVision Centers are able to achieve and monitor progress against the goals of the program.


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