On December 12, HUD released a notice announcing a new demonstration program for public housing agencies (PHAs) and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs). According to the notice, the EnVision Center Demonstration is designed to test the effectiveness of collaborative efforts by government, industry, and nonprofit organizations to accelerate the economic mobility of low-income households in communities with HUD-assisted housing. HUD is seeking comments on the proposed demonstration through a 60-day comment period.
The EnVision Center Demonstration will provide approximately 10 initial communities with the opportunity to create centralized service-delivery hubs. Services provided through these centralized hubs will be required to focus on the following four “pillars”, each with specific goals:
1. Economic Empowerment
Goal: Increase the number of students and adults who go from unemployed to employed.
Goal: Increase the number of people who start revenue generating businesses.
Goal: Increase the number of enrollees in to HUD's Family Self-Sufficiency program.
Goal: Launch and increase number of residents in the Section 3 Database.
2. Education Advancement
Goal: Increase enrollment in two and four-year colleges.
Goal: Increase the number of adults who earn GED.
Goal: Increase the number of 3rd grade students who read at grade-level.
3. Health and Wellness
Goal: Increase the number of pre-natal wellness visits to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC).
Goal: Increase the number of annual physicals at FQHC (adults).
Goal: Increase vision and hearing screening among pre-school aged kids.
4. Character and Leadership
Goal: Increase civic engagement.
Goal: Increase the number of adults and youth participating in a mentoring program.
Goal: Increase the number of two-parent households.
There is no additional funding provided to PHAs for the demonstration, but according to the notice HUD will provide technical assistance, evaluation and monitoring, access to online resources including the EnVision Center mobile application, and specific stakeholder resources for participating communities. HUD will also measure and evaluate outcomes resulting from the demonstration, with the intention of expanding and scaling EnVision Centers on a nationwide basis.
There are six selection criteria for the demonstration.
1. The Mayor or equivalent elected community official, in addition to the PHA or TDHE executive leadership must formally announce a commitment to enhance economic mobility
2. Participating communities must commit to developing and implementing a plan to promote and expand economic mobility.
3. Communities must be currently participating in one or more of the following federal place-based initiatives: Promise Zones, Moving to Work, Bryne Criminal Justice Innovation program, Strong Cities/Strong Communities, JobsPlus, Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) and the Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) programs, ConnectHome, Neighborhood Networks sites, Family Investments sites, ROSS for Education program, Energy and Economic Development (SEED) program, or the Building Neighborhood Capacity program.
4. Communities should be broadly commited to realizing the Office of American Innovation vision, including workforce development goals among others.
5.Selected entities are required to cooperate in full with HUD staff and/or HUD affiliated contractors in the implementation and evaluation of the demonstration.
6. After selection, HUD will finalize metrics to evaluate the program’s impact and effectiveness. Selected entities will be required to document implementation and cooperate with the evaluation and in any formal independent evaluation of the demonstration.
To view the full notice, click here.
HUD has also created an EnVision Centers webpage with additional information that can be accessed here.
Comments on the proposed demonstration are due to HUD by February 12, 2018. CLPHA will be submitting comments and we welcome input from members. If you have questions, concerns, or comments about the notice or demonstration, please reach out to CLPHA Research & Policy Analyst Nicole Barrett, firstname.lastname@example.org.