FWHS selected for EnVision Center Demonstration program
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced in late June that Fort Worth Housing Solutions and the City of Fort Worth will be the site for the new EnVision Demonstration initiative. Only 17 sites across the U.S. were chosen in a competitive application process.
One of HUD Sec. Ben Carson’s signature programs, EnVision Centers will give HUD-assisted families an easier way to access all the support services needed to help them achieve self-sufficiency. The centralized hub for the EnVision Center will be the Martin Luther King Community Center in the Stop Six community in southeast East Fort Worth.
EnVision Centers are designed to support four key pillars of self-sufficiency: (1) Economic Empowerment, (2) Educational Advancement, (3) Health and Wellness, and (4) Character and Leadership.
“While so many people have dreams for their children and for themselves, they just don’t know how to get started or what resources are available to help them, and that’s where the EnVision Center comes in,” said Mary-Margaret Lemons, president of Fort Worth Housing Solutions, at a press conference featuring Sec. Carson and community leaders at the MLK Community Center. “It will be a catalyst for aligning resources and strengthening partnerships to help families pursue their dreams.”
The City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth Housing Solutions, community partners and stakeholders have begun planning the selection of services to be offered at the EnVision Center. Many job training programs are already available, as well as programs for children and youth.
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Honoring Fort Worth Housing Solutions’ New President
Elected officials, HUD officials and community leaders celebrated the appointment of Mary-Margaret Lemons as the agency’s president at a reception inside the pavilion at Sundance Square Plaza April 12.
Speaking from the podium, Fort Worth Assistant City Manager Fernando Costa stressed the importance of the agency’s partnership with the city. “For that partnership to work, we need leadership that can see above the tall grass but have its feet firmly on the ground,” he said to the crowd.
“We need leadership that can move the community forward but at a rate at which the rest of us can move as well,” he said, praising the Board of Commissioners for appointing Lemons.
Board of Commissioners Chairperson Terri Attaway introduced Lemons as the right leader for this time in the agency’s history. Regenia Hawkins, a director at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Fort Worth, thanked Lemons for taking the job and described the agency as HUD’s partner.
“I’m so very honored and humbled to have been selected to serve as Fort Worth Housing Solution’s president,” said Lemons at the event. “It’s a special honor for me because it provides me an opportunity, as a long-time resident of Fort Worth, to serve my hometown. To do all that I can, working alongside each of you, to provide much-needed quality, affordable housing to our fellow citizens and neighbors.”
Stallion Pointe brings another 239 affordable units to Fort Worth
Everybody deserves a quality place to live!
Fort Worth Housing Solutions and LDG Development celebrated Stallion Pointe’s grand opening April 12. Fifteen families from Butler Place and many other hard-working families already call the mixed-income property in South Fort Worth their new home.
For new resident Telisha Newman it’s just a two-minute commute to her job as a quality control worker at ResCare. “I didn’t think that I could afford a place like this, but it gave me what I needed to get back on my feet and show my daughter that we will be ok,” she said at the grand opening.
Stallion Pointe features 15 Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) units in which the former Butler Place residents now live. Explains Mary-Margaret Lemons, president of Fort Worth Housing Solutions: “Through RAD, HUD is allowing us to convert our entire public housing portfolio by including a small portion of RAD units in mixed-income properties like Stallion Pointe. This gives us an unparalleled opportunity to deconcentrate poverty and improve lives.”
The 264-unit Stallion Pointe is primarily reserved for families making 60 percent of the area’s median income, or $42,840 for a family of four. The complex also has 25 units available at the standard market rate.
More Affordable Housing on the Way
Fort Worth Housing Solutions and Palladium broke ground Tuesday, April 10 on what will become a beautiful, mixed-income, 150-unit development in West Fort Worth. The multi-family property will feature 15 Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) units. Fifteen families who currently live at Butler Place will relocate to Palladium and join more than 100 other working families to make it their home once the property opens in 2019.
Through RAD, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is allowing Fort Worth Housing Solutions to convert its public housing portfolio and redistribute the subsidized units into mixed-income properties like Palladium Fort Worth. In a phased approach, we are gradually relocating Butler residents due to the significant capital improvements associated with Butler’s aging buildings and to deconcentrate poverty in Fort Worth.