January 30, 2018

HUD Director Dr. Ben Carson is leading a new initiative designed to help residents of public housing acquire the necessary skills to get out of public housing and into private rentals or home ownership. These “EnVision Centers” will help promote what he calls the four key pillars of self-sufficiency: “character and leadership, educational advancement, economic empowerment, and health and wellness.”

This is the type of idea Ronald Reagan was talking about when he said that conservatives don’t define compassion by how many people are getting government aid but by how many people no longer need government aid. Helping people to achieve self-sufficiency doesn’t just help the taxpayers, it also helps the person who is no longer on government assistance. You can hand out meaningless self-esteem trophies all day long, but they’ll never give someone the well-earned feeling of pride and self-worth that comes from knowing you’re capable of standing on your own feet and paying your own way.

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  • Elizabeth Mayer

    02/06/2018 03:36 PM

    Amen, and God bless him!

  • Rosalie Spaans

    02/05/2018 01:50 PM

    God bless Dr. Ben Carson! This is what is needed!

  • Janet Imes

    02/05/2018 12:36 PM

    Wonderful wonderful
    Thank God for the wisdom Dr Carson has
    and his love for people
    That’s what it takes

  • Carole weaver

    02/04/2018 05:10 PM

    I knew that this is the kind of idea that Ben Carson would come up with. He is a thinker. God Bless him!

  • rosie cooper

    02/04/2018 04:18 PM

    Wisdom prevails in Ben Carson. Thank you, sir!

  • Susan Perez

    02/03/2018 10:40 PM

    Thanks for this great article! This is an excellent idea. I would like to hear more about Dr. Carson's HUD accomplishments along with accomplishments in other federal departments!

  • Patricia A. McMahon

    02/03/2018 06:44 PM

    Amazing!! What a fantastic idea! Dr. Ben Carson cut right to the heart of the matter! I plan to tract down an email address for his office/HUD to give him a big ATTABOY!! When you hear about good work someone is accomplishing; they need to hear how they are appreciated.
    Patricia A. McMahon
    Sergeant First Class, USA(Ret)

  • Norma Headlee

    02/03/2018 06:37 PM

    God Bless Dr. Carson.

  • Stephen Russell

    02/01/2018 09:10 PM

    Expand nationwide & reduce office space in HUD alone.

  • John Gonser

    02/01/2018 06:38 PM

    This is exactly the sort of program I expect from Dr. Carson. The "hand up" instead of a "hand out" earmarks much of his thinking. Michigan is proud to have this Native Son doing just what his faith and conscience lead him to do.

  • Clarence Thomas

    02/01/2018 05:01 PM

    Unfortunately Dr. Carson will never get the recognition he so well deserves. Then again, a Christian already has the recognition of the Lord Jesus Christ. Dr. Carson doesn't impress me as someone who thrives on attention, but loves positive results.

  • Catherine Johnstone

    02/01/2018 11:55 AM

    That what Habitat does as well. Thank you, Dr. Carson.

  • Suzanne Steil

    02/01/2018 11:04 AM

    I am delighted to read about Dr. Carson's new initiative. He has touched all the necessary bases for success: character and leadership. health and wellness, economic empowerment and most important, educational advancement. Perhaps a way to staff Centers to deliver these components would be for new college graduates to provide services in each area in exchange for paying down student loans.

  • Bill Goldsby

    01/31/2018 06:49 PM

    Love this plan, I have always believed that Social programs should be that of a hand up, not a handout. If they are capable send them to school, better yet get them in the military to serve our country while learning a skill and respect.

    Stop tearing families down that go to get temporary aid, making them deplete everything thing they have worked hard for just to get a little temporary help.

    I have a friend she suffered a service related injury, now with two little ones she's having trouble making ends meet due to their deadbeat dad. She's going to school for a new career that she can do with her service related disability but is not getting any assistance due to it being set up to benefit immigrants. Of course we are in California.

  • Marianne Henderson

    01/30/2018 08:36 PM

    Dr. Carson, Want to add a different perspective, tho I do not mean to "blow my own horn". Twenty eight years ago an uninsured drunk driver in a bigger truck coming towards my Toyota truck on the highway, passed out drunk, his truck crossed the centerline & crashed into my truck head-on. I was a passenger, my bf was driving so I got the worst of it. Unfortunately few people have a choice when tragedy (like an uninsured drunk driver) changes your life. I could've gone on Medicaid 28+ years ago. I was eligible & encouraged by many to do it, BUT I was taught by my Grandma to live within my means, whatever they were & to NEVER go on welfare (which Medicaid is.) So even tho I had to sell off everything I could + work 12 years every day (360 days a yr) tho crippled at my biz after the wreck & it took me 20 yrs to pay the bills from the wreck, I can hold my head up high (figuratively because I can't even stand up), knowing my Grandma would be pleased.