US Department of Labor Awards More Than $57M to Help Veterans Overcome, Avoid Homelessness; Reenter the Workforce
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the award of more than $57 million in grants to organizations that help Veterans experiencing homelessness find meaningful employment and assist them in overcoming barriers to transition back successfully into the workforce.
Administered by the department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, the additional Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) funding will support 112 continuation grants totaling more than $37 million, and fund 56 new three-year grants totaling more than $20 million. These awards will enable recipients to provide a wide range of services to homeless Veterans and those at risk of homelessness.
The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, and faith-based and community organizations. Veterans experiencing homelessness may learn occupational skills, attain apprenticeships or on-the-job training opportunities, and receive job search and placement assistance through the services provided.
Ending homelessness among veterans is a priority for the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, which is chaired by U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge and vice-chaired by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough. Upholding our sacred obligation to our Veterans is also a key part of President Biden's Unity Agenda in his State of the Union address.
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