On Monday, November 18th, Sulzbacher Village officially became the first community in Florida designated as an EnVision Center by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A number of state and local leaders attended a special ceremony, including Jacksovnille Mayor Lenny Curry, Florida State Senator Audrey Gibson, and State Attorney Melissa Nelson.
The Sulzbacher Village is one of only 32 designated centers in the US. EnVision Centers offer a more holistic approach to housing by connecting HUD-assisted families with the tools they need to become self-sufficient. With onsite resources such as an early learning and afterschool program, both funded by the Kids Hope Alliance, Sulzbacher Village provides extra support to help homeless families recover and thrive. The center also features a 7,000 square foot, state-of-the-art pediatric care unit and a special unit for female veterans. And while the Center itself houses approximately 300 residents, Sulzbacher CEO Cindy Funkhouser estimates thousands visit its clinic every year.
“As we implement Secretary Carson’s vision of hope and opportunity to help more families become self-sufficient, Sulzbacher Village is a good example of things done right,” said HUD Southeast Regional Administrator Denise Cleveland-Leggett. “The combination of effective leadership, public-private partnerships, supportive services and job training have been key to transforming good ideas into reality and positively changing the trajectory of many lives.”