GARY - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has designated Genesis Towers, a senior high rise in downtown Gary, as an “EnVision Center.”  The Envision Center initiative is intended to give HUD-assisted families additional support beyond housing.

A concept created by HUD Secretary Ben Carson, the program attempts to build self-sufficiency in impoverished families by helping with economic empowerment, educational advancement, health, and character development.

“Housing assistance should be more than just putting a roof over someone’s head,” said Secretary Carson. “These EnVision Centers offer a more holistic housing approach by connecting HUD-assisted families with the tools they need to become self-sufficient and to flourish.”

By helping those families become self-sufficient, HUD hopes to make limited federal resources more readily available to a greater number of families who are on a waiting list to get into HUD housing.

“If we succeed in helping more families become self-sufficient, more families will be able to access the housing assistance they so desperately need,” said HUD Regional Administrator Joseph Galvan. 

Galvan was in Gary to announce the program. The city is one of only 18 communities across the country. The Gary Housing Authority and the City of Gary were selected to spearhead the program.

“EnVision Centers are our way of bringing hope and opportunity, they serve as a springboard to success for thousands of families across the nation,” said Galvan.

Galvan says EnVision Centers will leverage public-private partnerships to connect HUD-assisted households with services that offer pathways to self-sufficiency.

Click here to learn more about the initiative.