Shernita Jefferson Ben Carson

While the Democrats are protesting at the Mexican border, the Trump administration is opening Envision Centers around the country to help Black Americans become self-sufficient and escape poverty.

Ben Carson, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development held a seminar to announce the opening of Envision Centers in Black communities.

At the seminar, home owner Shernita Jefferson told Carson how Envision Centers helped her buy a new home and gain independence.

“I think the program is a very exciting program,” said Jefferson who was born and raised in public housing.

Jefferson shared her vision board with Carson, explaining how she emerged from “a dark place” and purchased a home.

“I am a homeowner now. I was a single parent, now I’m a wife. That was on my vision board to become a wife.”

Jefferson said the Envision Centers taught her everything she needed to know to save money and she is now on the road to building wealth.

“It wasn’t a lot of money to save, but a little dollar here and a little 50 cent here, it works because I learned how to make a dollar out of 15 cents.”

Jefferson told Carson,” I really appreciate your vision and what you are trying to do in the community, because that’s how we’ll make America great again.”

Click here for the address of an Envision Center in your area.

 

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    can we get a post on Melyssa Ford and her go-fund-me account

  • Quitedeliteful

    Ben Carson, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development held a seminar
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    I don’t trust Uncle Ben. You go to one of his seminars you might get detained and end up on the wrong side of the border….

  • Soda

    “It wasn’t a lot of money to save, but a little dollar here and a little 50 cent here, it works because I learned how to make a dollar out of 15 cents. I am a homeowner now. I was a single parent, now I’m a wife. That was on my vision board to become a wife.”
    ——————–
    ? They say this is a big rich town, I just come from the poorest part ?. Home owner Shernita Jefferson said she gon’ make it!

  • Pitty Patty

    My eyes are about to roll out of my head….

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!!!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Did he tell how he fugged HUD … My old friends at my old Federal job… Well let’s just say HUD employees are pissed at this administration … In fact most left because it has gone to the shitter and getting worse by the boat load… Nice try Sandra I’m still friends with many high ranking officials with the feds …. The more you know though.. . Good thing you have me to school ya… . It’s a shyt show with anything HUD …. In fact this little mess here is a deflection …. SMH.. . If you knew how much they have cut with HUd even the employees are appalled … They left and went to cdc … Smh

  • Quitedeliteful

    she emerged from “a dark place” and purchased a home.
    “I am a homeowner now. I was a single parent, now I’m a wife.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    She sounds like a pimpin’ pastor….

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Is she doing better?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ????

  • Soda

    She probably really said, “I’s married now!”

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!

  • Elevated Soul

    Ah yes….

    I so admire Ben Carson because he really care about Black people. It’s great to have a President with such vision to have picked Dr. Carson to be in charge of HUD.

    Any Black person skeptical of Dr.Carson don’t care about Black people.

  • bemetoo

    why she holding up a pamphlet how to lose weight ??

  • Soda

    That’s part of her vision board, to lose weight. She has to believe it before we see it.

  • bemetoo

    lolololol

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Seems like the Kool-Aid is extra-strong today! ??

  • Bashi22

    lol saw that too but its still a working progress for her. I still have my vision board up too with my weight loss.

  • Dem Moore

    Lol

  • hi-liter

    There have ALWAYS been programs like these to help low-oncome people and single mothers purchase homes they could afford. Different Admin, different name.This shat ain’t new, sorry to disappoint.

  • CocoBabe88

    What did your friends say about how he “fugged” HUD?

  • Phillybruh

    Yeah these programs ain’t new…lol

  • Kemi

    Deflection is the order of the day! Deflecting the cutting of the HUD budget, buying lavish dining room set of $31,000 with HUD money, giving HUD projects to the Black families and the change to the the HUD mission statement ( which is disgusting btw).

  • Miss Thang

    lmao

  • Ryan

    That’s exactly what I was gonna say, but these fools would take credit for the sun rising if they thought they’d get away with it.

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    so.. in less than .. how long he’s been prez.. less than 18 months Ben opened a center and she saved enough to buy a house AND get married… if she WAS coming from a dark place it takes longer tha 18 months. unless she married the 1st fool she saw on the street and HE bought her that house..

  • Phillybruh

    Dr. Carson is a wet noodle.

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    This !

  • Phillybruh

    My mother bought her first house in a program like this.

  • Phillybruh

    HUD doesn’t require the same amount as a standered mortgage so she did have too save but probably not that much of a down payment

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    unless HUD giving folks homes with a 280 credit score…. maybe they are.??? . i need to go check them out …lol

  • Phillybruh

    You have to maintain your credit but the downpayment is not a lot.

  • CocoBabe88

    The thing is republican’s are not about granting government funding. They are about trying to help people empower themselves to change their thinking, to change their culture, so they can get out and go get what they want on their own. Everyone is capable of changing their lives by making better decisions. Democrats have black folks thinking the government is supposed to fund them and give them discounts for being in poverty. We live in a capitalist society so all that is about to change. Any person who doesn’t empower themselves will be SOL with the upcoming changes taking place in America. What black folks in urban communities need to start doing is gentrifying their own neighborhoods. There is money in these run down areas if you open businesses, raise the property value, clean it up, and start cracking down on disadvantageous people who go against those goals.

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    my credit straight i need to go knock my real estate agent upside the head for not telling me about HUD.. dammit

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    envisioning is nothing new. Practically all churches have “vision board” courses for its members….this is nothing new.
    She’s a home owner, so what does that lead to? Does she have a business?
    This PSA is nothing new.

  • She.Is.Not.Ready

    So she was a single baby mama living in the projects….bought a house and outta no where found a husband? Sounds like someone found an opportunist. So you telling me he had no problems picking up and moving into her house? No, “baby I want a home we can call our own.”? My cousin.. (single babymama cousin) in the Navy always seems to find this type….sweet girl if he is quick to drop everything and move in with you he might not be worth the trouble.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    They have cut back tremendously on programs for low income over the last 3 years …. most of the workers there were with the agency specifically to help improve key programs ….. many went to school to get jobs with HUD …. specifically to help people …. well that has now flopped instead the agency has become militant and ruining many people lives ….. several big heads took early outs and retired …. many got jobs with cdc ….. to be able to continue to help people….. on top of that the folks that quit …… are not being replaced …… basically this administration is stealing ….. big time ….. folks left …… and they should … because it’s falling …. thee same with my old agency department of interior …. they are falling as well….. IRS as well … it’s not good

  • Phillybruh

    Your real-estate agent wouldn’t tell you. Not all buyers accept HUD.

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    thanx hun.. you;ve been more helpful than my REA…

  • Phillybruh

    She won’t even need HUD she got that good Veterans Guarantee.

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    that’s Diamond and Silk’s niece .. Polyester.. yall aint fooling me,,,,

  • SweetTEE

    What you said was too much like right. You actually broke the historical difference down. No one will hear you though, hun.

  • SweetTEE

    You probably qualify. I’m a real estate agent on the side there’s a lot of assistance available, especially if you’re in a urban area.

  • SweetTEE

    lololololol

  • deadellamore

    lolol…I’m weak!

  • Rayne

    And the program listed in Chicago is already in play by Cha and sponsored by hud. So WTF!?!?

  • Rayne

    In Chicago it’s $3 stacks ????

  • BingBangBoom

    Yasss! Vision boards. I love this. Let’s take advantage of these opportunities. Public housing is safe living for people who have the Vision.
    But lack the necessary tools to make the vision a new reality for them. Congrats to Shernita and her new husband.

  • Branch Davidian

    I can already read the idiocy in the comments. Do you numbnuts realize you are actively rooting against Black wealth and homoeownership because of your psychotic hatred for Trump? This is already more than the Obamanator EVER did for Black America (unless you were gay or trans). I guess you all would rather have a free phone than own a home. Don’t forget to blame the White man when you don’t even try to take advantage of a program specifically designed to elevate your economic well being….

  • Dowoop

    Not everyone can purchase a home so its not something to scoff at. Just because she does not own a business does not mean she has failed at life. For her this is still an accomplishment that may not have otherwise been possible.

  • Dowoop

    I don’t think credit scores go that low….

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    From what I heard HUD has always been a mess lol That Department was a mess well before Trump….hell, it was a mess even before Obama.

  • Ryan

    “Free phone”? I see we have a Breitbart troll here. They love bringing idiotic things like that up (even though most of the people getting those “free phones” were white).

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    yeah folks say a lot … I worked close with them …… but okay if ya say so

  • TMW

    If you get a HUD loan, there is also insurance (not homeowners) that has to be paid by the buyer in case of loan default, called PMI. There are other first-time buyer programs that they recommend that keep your mortgage payment lower.

  • BingBangBoom

    Lmao

  • BingBangBoom

    You can get the city to pay your deposit. Just comes with stipulations like you staying in the city for a X number of years.

  • CookieMobster

    Our HUD down payment was $1100 in Ga. That was in 09 though. And we got a grant to make improvements to get the house up to current code.

  • Lucy

    The ” free phones” were implemented under the Bush administration.

  • Lucy

    *hand clap*

  • supastar

    Vision boards are good if you actually complete each goal on it. I believe you should start out with small goals at first. Complete the ones on it and then make another one. Always target the areas that need the most work in your life. If its hard to save money add “saving money” the board. If you eat out a lot add ‘no more eating out.” You will see a difference in your pocket and in your mindset. Good luck to the Envision Centers.

  • hi-liter

    This aint NOTHIN NEW!!!!!!!!

  • vicci

    Negative blk people will stay broke hating on the come up

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Thanks.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    i dont know…I hope so.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    The government funds corporations. The government allows tax loopholes for the 1%. Plus, if you do not understand the system is set up to only allow a selected few. End of the day, have your own definition of Success.

  • EMILY POST

    Maxine Waters circa Democrats needs to take notes Ben Carson is currently trying to do something for poorer Americans working with Hud . In comparison to Maxine and Kamila and their illegal alien immigration wave current supporting selves are doing along with the abolish ice democratic crews. 28 yrs is a long time to be so out of touch.
    Let’s watch the dumbos hate on BEN.. yet the Democratic Party has a Vision A Vision for illegal aliens… lol they not thinking about getting poor people out of poverty they are more worried about trying to get little alien out of a detention center. They don’t give a damn about black home ownership they would prefer to keep blacks renting on section 8… some people love paying $15 rent all their life praying that the government don’t cut the program.

  • KLove

    “Democrats have black folks thinking the government is supposed to fund them and give them discounts for being in poverty.”
    ____________________________________________________

    This part!!!! Folks are only going to continue to vote for the man that is going to continue/increase their entitlements, whereas any mention of self-reliance and empowerment to fend for yourself is brushed off as racist and they dont care and blah blah…without govt dependency, the Democrat party would cease to exist

  • supastar

    awww you welcome.

  • Hmmm~?

    Great news. We really underestimate how crucial of a need this is within our community. The vision board approach is kinda corny, but finance management is something a lot of black folks could benefit from.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    This is what the Democrats are afraid of. They don’t want Black people to learn how to grow wealth. They know what will happen next: knowledge is power!

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    What ain’t nuthin new

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    I think a lot of the problem is people don’t want help or are 2 lazy

  • OvertheMississippi

    Awesome!!! What else can be said? He is doing what he is expected – HUD dammit, Ben!! ??

  • Erica

    Oh this is ridiculous have you gone to the website? Well I did and here is what I’ve found. It first instructs you to download the Envision App. So I did once you open the App there are six different categories. When you open up each category it takes you to a bunch of links to programs that have been available to people for decades. I.E youth build, Fasfa, Habitat for Humanity etc. So your tooting this mans horn like he did something when in actuality he just built a website to link you to already established websites oh and made a separate link if your in Detroit not sure why that is though. This is a bunch of smoke and mirrors to fool people like yourself that want to fool the public into believing Trumps racist administration cares about anyone that is not his base. To be clear I am not a Democrat I am an independent and I hate when people bullshit and blow smoke up peoples assess. There is not one wealth building link or site on this app! Nothing about credit or banking or saving or investing or entrepreneurship nothing with the exception of the women’s small business entrepreneurial website. This is that fake news Trump is always talking about!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Congrats to this young woman and so many like her, who come out of public housing, they’re eons of us! Ben Carson and HUD didn’t just start this program, it’s been going on for awhile, thankfully! 2018 National Youth Poet Laureate [Patricia Fraizer] is from public housing, and her winning piece was based on her origin!

    I agree that Section 8 should lead to Home Ownership and the Democrats hurt Blacks by deliberately not having exit plans to end generational poverty with such social programs!

    But, regardless of party affiliation or who you vote for, we’re up against a two-headed beast [party] and CAPITALISM!

    Both take turns playing “good cop, bad cop” and the bottom line is, if public schools whether charter or not aren’t equal to better performing schools, we will continue to flood the industrial prison complex!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    THEY NEED OCCUPANTS, and poverty, poor schools, and subsequent crime are a great pathway!

    More Black Women have started businesses than any other sector of the American Population!

    Black men have some serious struggles to overcome, while many are doing great things for themselves, their families and their community, many still are spinning, which contributes to our Black Family breakdowns!

    But, look at Black prep schools in the darkest of hoods, and you’ll see 90% + graduation and college acceptance rate!

  • TruthIs

    Well 95% of this blog post was about the centers not the website. Maybe the centers are different.

  • TruthIs

    they are not saying its new – they are doing more centers and helping bring awareness for people that want the help.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    I know, I can easily give credit where it’s due, but it’s laughable how every step or move is projected or spun as a ‘first’ or the sole reason something is occurring!

    There are always resources for people who want to help themselves out of generational poverty, whether it’s community college, special housing programs, SBA loan programs, financial literacy, social organizations that are hood-based, churches (that hold career fairs, workshops, training classes, etc.)!

    There are companies that offer 401K plans, credit unions, financial literacy and investing classes, and tuition reimbursement like UPS, FedEx, and Amazon that doesn’t require degrees to make a middle-class income, if you stick it out!

    We are multi-dimensional, a one brush-stroke can’t begin to define us!

  • TruthIs

    noooooo re read

    she received help from the center, its been around – Carson is working on expanding and making more centers. She expressed how it helped her and it can help others.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    You’re right, the Life Coaching Business is BOOMING!

    Periscope has endless life-coaching gurus or even YouTube if you’re looking for inspiration or a DIY VISION BOARD!

    VISION BOARDS WORK!

  • Erica

    There are no centers but don’t take my word for it research yourself here is the link I’ll help you out! The centers are HUD which has had self sufficientcy programs for decades ! https://www.hud.gov/envisioncenters/locations

  • TruthIs

    they never said it was new – they are working on opening more because they see the benefits.

  • TruthIs

    they never said it was new – re read

  • TruthIs

    it was not started by the trump admin – it has been around and they see the benefit so the are opening more.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    These public housing programs aren’t new! I’ve work in the projects with summer teen programs, and the tenants have had access to resources for some time now!

    I hope the Envision Centers are a total success! But, Trump-Carson is just following a blueprint that has been around.

    It’s Ok to be a Trump supporter, I think they’re all frauds and self-selving!

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    It’s hard to build wealth when you’re living above your means. I received three sizable inheritances in my lifetime; two of them before I was twenty. Despite my youth, I was smart enough to save 90% of my windfall and invest 10%. Instead of going on a shoppingspree, I went on living like the money wasn’t there.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    I disagree that the republicans are about helping people to empower themselves, a debate for sure, but the other things, I certainly agree with you because we’re capitalists, and we should gentrify our own neighborhoods!

    If the wealth is distributed so disproportionately, and it doesn’t have to be, the republicans supports BIG BUSINESS NOT SELF-SUFFICIENCY, the 1 percent or 10 percent is their concern!

    White rural white America is suffering, and why Trump will remain in office (2 terms)!

    But, in America, you can live a wonderful lifestyle if you plan and work for it, in spite of land mines and scams!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Those programs were already in effect. Home ownership and literacy classes are free and open to anyone who cares to take them in most urban cities!

    Nielsen’s African American Report details our spending power as well as our cultural enrichment!

  • hi-liter

    Programs to help low income individuals and single mothers become home owners. What you think the story up there was about?

  • Ryan

    Nope. The way this post was written strongly implied that this was something new from the current administration. You tried though.

  • Rhondalousey

    This happened way before the trump administration. They’re just using her as an example.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Thanks hun.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    The post said they were opening centers all over the country.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    You’re an idiot

  • Rayne

    And the sheriffs dept. When I worked for the state this is public knowledge too. He ain’t did nothing speshal!???

  • the conscious one

    “help Black Americans become self-sufficient and escape poverty.” This is such horse sh*. Buying a home isn’t going to build wealth, being married isn’t going to build wealth. I don’t want to hear this aspirational talk nor talk about illegal immigrants. Native black Americans have a justice claim in this country and until that is meet this is all for not. #ReparationsNow

    https://youtu.be/RRaPoEpvwqs

  • the chosen one

    Uncle Ben that is.

  • Scromes1212

    Spot on

  • hottlanta

    Why isn’t this program in the forgotten white Americans neighborhoods excuse me trailer parks who voted for Dump while they are still waiting on him to bring the jobs to them. Maybe this program will stop them from taking math and opioids. These ain’t nothing but scrubbed over/cut/paste programs from Dump University before they send it to the recycling bin. I wanna know how many white people have become multi-millionaires from these programs. Is this program also used by Goldman Sachs to help their clients can build wealth. How many kickbacks is the president of this fraud getting. Yet we got Ben Carson who threw his wife under the bus for a $31,000.00 dining room set introducing this program? Is he on this program. Wow this story gets no better than that. Folks got a problem with black folks in public housing but said nothing about Pruitt paying $50.00 a night in a DC townhome and rich white people generational RENT CONTROL apartments in New York.

  • Jethro
  • Sally Wright McLinn

    You missed the point. Carson has been at Hud almost 2 yrs and THIS IS ALL HE HAS TO OFFER? It’s nothing new. He just got a sista who was happy to have a home.

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    But it’s nothing monumental. Carson makes it seem like this “visioning” is something new. It’s not. Plenty of people who lived in the projects buy homes.

  • CocoBabe88

    Black people are fully capable of learning how to play the game and win! We live in the information age everything is at our fingertips. We don’t need to fear the 1% or the elites, or the “system.” We need to learn from it! Not resist it. We need to work with it and learn how to make it work for us. There are tax loopholes, credits, incentives, and deductions for anyone in business for themselves. I know this because I’m an independent contractor 1099 myself. This is how you get ahead in life. Work with the system not against it.

  • Jefferey Franklin

    I always find it interesting when black conservatives push this rigid narrative that Republicans(yes the same party that houses some of the most ignorant/racist candidates and constituents) is the party that will somehow free the black race from this bondage of poverty, prejudice, and lack of political representation.

    Its essentially the blind leading the blind. Racism is the problem in black America…..it exist in both parties. There is no magical party that will help the negro in America granted, however the party that has consistently sided with policies and political groups that oppose black empowerment is not in anyone’s best interest to side with.

  • Dowoop

    No you missed the point. I didn’t say anything about Carson because all you did put the lady down. She don’t care how she got it she is happy to have it and you made it seem like that was not enough because she didn’t own a business. Your initial comment was not about Carson and what he brings to the table but about the lady who was happy to purchase a home which she should be.

  • You already know ?

    ?…..??????????

  • HalleMerry

    EXACTLY! I try to explain this to my people,but they are stuck believing that they are Democrats just because their parents/family/most blacks are..Unfortunately,most people that I encounter don’t REALLY know the differences.

  • Goodii2Shoes

    Black women, historically, have always been enterprising /hustling with various small businesses /entrepreneurial ventures since the Era of chattel when buying their freedom /family’s freedom demanded they be better at reading/counting/making/saving money than others minus probably the slave owners. .. the modern loss of history & culture/respect is really how America birthed hoodrats. #gn Roses

  • Goodii2Shoes

    lol. If they tweaked the program so I can make 15 per hr/or more with 15$ rent– & no income penalty- #heaven

  • TruthIs

    That they are expanding and supporting Envision Centers.

  • EMILY POST

    lol.l