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City of Louisville celebrates opening of city’s first HUD Envision Center at Family Scholar House


The City of Louisville and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have officially opened the doors of Jefferson County’s very first HUD EnVision Center at Family Scholar House, located on the Frank & Paula Harshaw Riverport Scholar House Campus at 3311 Cathe Dykstra Way. HUD Southeast Regional Administrator Denise Cleveland-Leggett, Mayor Greg Fischer, and Family Scholar House President & CEO Cathe Dykstra were among the distinguished speakers on hand for the opening, along with an array of attendees.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer speaks during the speaks during the opening of the city’s first HUD Envision Center Wednesday. (Photo from Family Scholar House)

HUD’s EnVision Centers are premised on the notion that financial support alone can’t solve the problem of poverty, and that collective effort across a diverse set of organizations, both public and private, are needed to help low-income individuals and families rise out of it. The programs offered are based on the EnVision Center’s four pillars: economic empowerment, educational advancement, health and wellness, and character development. Located in Louisville’s Riverport neighborhood, the center’s services are targeted to residents of the Family Scholar House, although other area residents can access services.

“As we work to succeed in helping more families become self-sufficient, more families will be able to access the housing assistance they so desperately need,” said HUD Southeast Regional Administrator Denise Cleveland-Leggett. “EnVision Centers bring hope, opportunity, and a platform of stability from which long-term success for thousands of families in this area can ultimately benefit.”

HUD Southeast Regional Administrator Denise Cleveland-Leggett speaks during Wednesday’s opening. (Photo from Family Scholar House)

“For more than two decades, Family Scholar House has served as a nationally-recognized model of how to best lift families up and transform lives,” said Congressman John Yarmuth. “I’m so proud of the work they do throughout our community here in Louisville, and I congratulate Cathe and her entire team on this recognition from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. I look forward to their continued success.”

“Our city and its diverse communities have witnessed remarkable success in leveraging public-private partnerships to provide resources to our citizens, particularly those in need,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “And with this new endeavor we look forward to collaborating with Family Scholar House, HUD, the Louisville Metro Housing Authority, and other EnVision Center partners to help provide the training and resources Riverport area residents need to become self-sufficient.”

Ms. Dykstra, whose official title includes ‘Chief Possibility Officer’ stated, “This is indeed an esteemed recognition for Family Scholar House, whose mission is to end the cycle of poverty and transform our community by empowering families and youth to succeed in education and achieve lifelong self-sufficiency. We are absolutely thrilled that the new center will provide us with additional means to care for them, giving these families further opportunities to contribute and succeed.” She added, “And, it wouldn’t be a reality without the incredible assistance and generosity of our partners, for whom we are tremendously grateful.”

From Family Scholar House


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2 Comments

  1. Jellyroll Blues says:

    YAAAAAY!! More welfare! Can’t afford to repair roads and other infrastructure, but this is doable. YAAAAAAAAAY! More free stuff!!

  2. J. T. Bogsworth says:

    Just another place for the gangs to meet and learn their “trade”. I suppose they can be taught to learn firearm safety and how to shoot without hitting little kids and innocent bystanders.

    This is just another “community center” boondoggle. Roads and infrastructure need repair, countless WORTHWHILE projects are shut down to pay into this “welfare” scam funded, ONCE AGAIN, by taxpayers.

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