Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson announced a signature initiative last year that would combine all of the department's various social services under one roof known as "EnVision Centers," but the department hasn't built any brand-new centers according to NBC News
The department has reportedly reached out to individuals and asked them to establish or manage the new centers, but no one has agreed to do so because no one knows what they're suppose to be.
"No one actually knows what they are supposed to do," said Chad Williams, executive director of the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority, which includes Las Vegas where the affordable housing crisis is severe. "I was approached to run one, and I said: 'What does it do? Where's the funding?'" [...]
Staffers at seven proposed centers around the country told NBC News the work appears to be largely a continuation of previous nonprofit and housing authority services, only with a new designation. [...]
One center at a former Detroit high school has an impressive renovation that boasts a gym, a pizzeria and an apprenticeship program for electricians. But the building's development predates the EnVision Center designation, according to Chris Lambert of the nonprofit organization Life Remodeled.
A center in Spokane, Washington, set to open in March appears to align closely with the original HUD vision. The new center aims to connect those in need with housing, transportation, child care, employment and training services. But the project was underway before HUD offered the label.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development apparently commissioned an application for smart-phones for the new "EnVision Centers," but the app does not actually display where the new centers are. Probably because they don't exist.
I can't even imagine what kind of internal disasters the next presidential administration is going to inherit from the Trump regime. There likely exists vast amounts of dysfunction and disorganization that we don't even know about yet.
That's what happens when you trust utter nincompoops to government a nation of over 300 million people.
By the way, if the description of Ben Carson's "EnVision Centers" -- centers that would "offer services focused on employment, education, health and leadership" -- sounds familiar, it's because that's exactly what ACORN did before it was gutted by Congress in 2010.