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HUD No. 20-117
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[Summer Reading]
For Release
August 3, 2020

Episode is part of HUD's 'Summer Reading with Secretary Carson' series

WASHINGTON - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson released a new video as part of his virtual summer reading series, Summer Reading with Secretary Carson. In this most recent video, Secretary Carson is joined by Carla Mancha, CEO for the Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville. The City of Brownsville Housing Authority runs a Book Rich Environment Program and is home to an EnVision Center.

Throughout the summer, Secretary Carson is publishing weekly story time videos for children and parents to view on his Instagram channel. In addition to reading, the series will also highlight several of HUD's initiatives that focus on educational advancement, such as the EnVision Center initiative and Book Rich Environments. Click on the image below to view the video or click here (

[Secretary Ben Carson Holds Virtual Story Time with City of Brownsville Housing Authority]

"Reading is a fundamental part of learning; it certainly had an important impact on my life," said Secretary Ben Carson. "Through this summer reading series, we're helping kids to cultivate a love for reading, which is a skill that will serve them greatly for the rest of their lives."

"On behalf of City of Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez, HACB Chairman Luis Eduardo Garduño, Board of Commissioners and the entire HACB Team, I would like to thank HUD Secretary Ben Carson for inviting HACB to be part of HUD's virtual summer reading program. HACB understands that reading is an important part of the development of our children," said Carla Mancha, CEO for the Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville. "Whether it's through our Book Rich Environments program or the EnVision Centers initiative, we are collaborating with HUD to give our young people the opportunity to broaden their horizons through the pages of a book."

HUD's Book Rich Environments (BRE) Initiative is a collaboration aimed to transform Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) into book rich environments by providing diverse, high quality books and other literacy tools to children and families living in HUD-assisted housing to improve literacy outcomes and ensure all young people, regardless of background, have the tools they need to reach their full potential. The effort is made possible by a partnership among the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Education (DoE), PHAs, public libraries and other local and national education partners. Last year, HUD celebrated the distribution of 1,000,000 books to children living in HUD-assisted households or participating in HUD programs.

Secretary Carson launched the EnVision Centers Initiative to form centralized resource hubs in communities across the country that provide people with the educational tools and support needed to excel. The Centers focus on four pillars of growth and success: economic empowerment, educational advancement, health and wellness, as well as character and leadership.


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