Department of Labor Announces HVRP Grant Awards
U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao has announced $17 million in grants to train and employ homeless veterans. The grants were awarded under the Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP). New Grantees were awarded $6.7 million in 16 states, and current program grantees received $10.3 million in second-year funding.
Two HVRP grant awards were allocated to the State of Wisconsin. Both were for facilities owned and operated by the Center for Veterans Issues – VETS Place Central (Milwaukee, WI) and VETS Place Southeast (Racine, WI).
“Through the department’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, about 12,000 American veterans across 31 states will receive $17 million in funding for occupational training, education, placement assistance and other key services,” Secretary Chao said. “President George W. Bush and I are dedicated to making sure that no veteran is left behind.” HVRP expedites the reintegration of homeless veterans into the labor force. The grants provide homeless veterans with job training and placement assistance. The Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) expects that more than 8,000 homeless veterans will gain employment as a result of these grants. Funds are awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies, and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations, which have familiarity with the area and population to be served and can administer an effective program. HVRP has been recognized nationwide as an extraordinarily efficient program and is the only federal program that focuses exclusively on employment of veterans who are homeless.