CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 29, 2020) — Renaissance West Community Initiative (RWCI) announced today that the organization has received the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) designation of an EnVision Center Demonstration site. This designation allows federal partners to bring resources to the local community and assist residents to participate in, contribute to, and benefit from growth opportunities to achieve independence and self-sufficiency.

HUD EnVision Center Demonstration sites are committed to moving individuals and families to self-sufficiency by establishing centralized hubs of support focused on the following four pillars:

  • Economic Empowerment
  • Educational Advancement
  • Health and Wellness
  • Character and Leadership

RWCI’s unique placed-based approach to housing stability, cradle to career education, economic empowerment and health and wellness directly aligns with the EnVision Center Demonstration’s mission. RWCI proudly serves as the “Community Quarterback” for residents in the Renaissance and Little Rock neighborhoods along the west corridor of Charlotte.

“This EnVision Center designation strengthens our capacity to leverage federal resources and partnerships and advances our shared goal of self-sufficiency for individuals and families.” Said Mack McDonald, CEO of Renaissance West Community Initiative. “We are thrilled with the outcome.”

Learn more about HUD EnVision Centers here:

About Renaissance West Community Initiative (RWCI)

The mission of RWCI is to promote a collaborative community centered on quality housing, education, health, wellness and opportunity. RWCI serves 1300+ residents in the Renaissance and Little Rock Apartments neighborhoods along West Blvd. RWCI is a member of the Purpose Built Communities (PBC) Network: The focus is on defined neighborhoods where transformative programs and infrastructure can be established with the support of a “Community Quarterback.” The three pillars are: mixed income housing, cradle to career education pipeline, and community health and wellness. RWCI’s vision is to end intergenerational poverty through a holistic community revitalization effort.

Contact: Amanda Prothero, RWCI, 704-308-7439,