Thursday, June 17, 2021

Housing commission celebrates reopening of EnVision

The EnVision Center in Inkster has been officially reopened to the public.

The Inkster facility, located at 4360 Hickory St. is a facility that serves as a centralized hub to provide individuals with resources and support needed to excel. Programs, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), are focused around four objectives, economic empowerment, educational advancement, health and wellness, and character and leadership. Currently, there are 100 EnVision Centers in the United States.

"One of the goals of the Inkster Housing Commission is to provide programming to help our residents become self-sufficient," stated Aaron Cooper, executive director of Inkster Housing. "We are excited to reopen the center, and grateful to HUD for their assistance in making it happen."

The Inkster Housing Redevelopment Commission was created in 1950 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Initially, the commission was a municipal department of the city but in 2004, it  became an independent, self-sustaining, HUD-funded nonprofit agency, following a change in state law which made all housing authorities independent of municipalities.

 The Inkster Housing Commission is governed by a five-member board of commissioners appointed by the mayor to 5-year staggered terms. 

The mission is to provide decent, safe, and affordable housing for lower-income persons and administer two HUD programs, Public Housing, and the Section 8 Housing Voucher Choice Program (HCVP).  The programs provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. The HCVP Program provides rental assistance/subsidies and 751 Section 8 Vouchers for eligible families living in private housing. Currently, the Inkster Housing Commission provides housing and/or housing assistance to nearly 3,000 persons of whom approximately 1,500 are children under the age of 18.