Brief EnVision Centers: Insights from Research on Past Efforts to Promote Self-Sufficiency among HUD-Assisted Households
Susan J. Popkin
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Secretary Carson’s EnVision Centers initiative aims to help households receiving assistance from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) achieve self-sufficiency, enabling them to leave assistance and become homeowners or renters in the private market so HUD can use its resources to help other low-income households. EnVision Centers reflect the “notion that financial support alone is insufficient to solve the problem of poverty” and that it will take a collective partnership to “implement a holistic approach to foster long-lasting self-sufficiency.” We offer nine recommendations drawn from the evidence on past efforts by HUD that the EnVision Centers could apply to help assisted households move toward self-sufficiency and attain financial stability.

Research Areas Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Social safety net
Tags Neighborhoods and youth development
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center