Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., the 17th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development believes totally in helping families. He takes things a step further and has a new vision for helping with that needed assistance. His proposed program will be called EnVision Centers. You could almost say it would be a one-stop-shop for families needing help. Here is his idea as explained by Dr. Carson.
As Written By U.S. HUD Secretary, Ben Carson for the Daily Wire:
When I was a young boy growing up in Detroit, my mother needed help to provide a roof over our heads, which we thankfully received through the strength and generosity of our extended family. These many years later, other families need similar housing assistance, and I now lead a federal agency that provides this critical support to more than 5 million households annually.
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For generations, the idea of the government providing housing assistance meant one thing—helping to pay the rent. But we must think about how we can help families access and move beyond that assistance. In other words, we must consider how to help them become self-sufficient.
As a physician for many years, I learned that I could treat a patient’s symptoms, or I could treat the patient. Treating a patient’s symptoms may help in the short term, but it rarely cures a long-term ailment. In my current position as Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), I am trying to apply this same holistic mindset through an innovative new approach to community and government assistance called EnVision Centers.
The idea is simple. Assemble a team of stakeholders from many disciplines in a central location where they can offer intensive support to low-income families struggling to get ahead. EnVision Centers are specifically designed to help households achieve self-sufficiency through economic empowerment, educational advancement, character and leadership development, and health and wellness training. This is treating the patient.
Many of the services low-income families need already exist. EnVision Centers will bring together government and non-profit services together under one roof so that residents and communities can easily access them. By assembling programs in one …….
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