Quarter 4 2020, Volume 8 Issue 4

Hampton Roads Community Action Program: Engaging Communities Through EnVision Centers

Hampton Roads Community Action Program (HRCAP) is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency serving as a regional one-stop shop for housing and financial literacy resources in Hampton Roads, VA. HCRCAP’s HUD certified housing counseling staff work diligently to provide their clients with the tools needed to make informed decisions about housing and financial management.

Work with EnVision Centers

EnVision Centers are centralized hubs that provide people with the resources and support needed to excel. The HRCAP Lift and Connect EnVision Center serves as an instrumental component of the Marshall Ridley Choice Neighborhood Initiative (CNI).

HRCAP hosted a Financial Literacy Information Session with a homeownership panel discussion in partnership with the Marshall Ridley CNI. Most attendees were local Public Housing Agency (PHA) rental residents and other community residents with low- to moderate-income, all of which reside in the Marshall Ridley footprint. The event provided an overview of HRCAP housing counseling services for attendees.

By using the EnVision Center as a community engagement platform, the HRCAP Housing Department has been able to take housing counseling services into one of the most vulnerable neighborhoods, educating low- to moderate-income families on homeownership, financial empowerment, and community involvement. This innovative resource has given HRCAP the ability to create a pathway to housing counseling services for families that are sometimes hard to reach.

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What is a Choice Neighborhood?

The Choice Neighborhoods program leverages significant public and private dollars to support locally driven strategies that address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation.

The City of Newport News and the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority were the recipients of a $30 million grant from HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) program.