January 15, 2020
HUD AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS KICK OFF ENVISION CENTER OPENING AT TAINO TOWERS IN EAST HARLEM
East Harlem, NY - To help low-income residents increase their income and gain self-sufficiency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson joined HUD New York and New Jersey Regional Administrator Lynne Patton in announcing a newly designated HUD EnVision Center in East Harlem, NY, today, joining dozens of communities across the country taking this vital step to offer support services for the benefit of its residents. Taino Towers is the first fully bilingual EnVision Center in the country and is centrally located in a HUD-funded multifamily housing property.
HUD’s EnVision Centers offer assisted families support to help them achieve self-sufficiency and provide federal resources available to others awaiting assistance. EnVision Centers are premised on the fact that financial support alone is insufficient to solve poverty. Focused collective efforts across various organizations are needed to realize a more holistic path to foster lasting self-sufficiency.
“This EnVision Center will provide East Harlem residents a pathway to self-sufficiency and economic empowerment,” said Lynne Patton, HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey. “Coupled with East Harlem’s Opportunity Zone designation, this community will be poised for unprecedented economic growth, investment, and an exciting future.”
The announcement was made at the Tato Laviera Theater at 240 East 123rd Street in East Harlem. Located on or near public housing developments, EnVision Centers provide communities with a centralized hub to access support within the following four pillars: Economic Empowerment, Educational Advancement, Health and Wellness, and Character and Leadership.
To learn more about HUD Secretary Carson’s EnVision Centers, please visit HUD.gov/EnVision Centers.