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Officials from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the District of Columbia Housing Authority, D.C. government, and community partner organizations gathered to discuss the success of D.C. families. 

The roundtable discussion held June 26 at DCHA's new EnVision Center, located at the Southwest Family Enhancement and Career Center at 203 N Street, S.W., was facilitated by HUD Secretary Ben Carson and DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett to begin to address how public and private partnerships can address the local need to help individuals and families be more self-sufficient. 

U.S. HUD Sec. Ben Carson said the new EnVision Center in SW will bring hope and opportunity to thousands of families based on the four pillars of the program: economic empowerment, educational advancement, health and wellness, and character development.

"This new EnVision Center will help support programs we have in place and allow us the opportunity to create more programs that will offer as much assistance and guidance to our customers as we possibly can so they can achieve their fullest potential," Garrett said. 

The roundtable also heard a first-hand experience from Shernita Jefferson, a formerly homeless D.C. resident, who grew up in public housing, then received a voucher, and now is a homeowner who has worked for DCHA for 17 years. 

"I had to have that mentor. I had to have that person believing in me," said Jefferson as she showed those at the roundtable her vision boards that identified her goals. "I appreciate what the housing authority did for me. Now it is about the thousands of people that come after me."
 

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