U.S. Department of Labor Awards $36 Million in Job Training Grants for Veterans Experiencing Homelessness
June 27, 2014
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced $36,710,368 in grants awarded to 156 organizations to provide job training to more than 12,000 Veterans who are experiencing homelessness. The grants are being awarded under the department's Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP), administered by the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS).
"These job training programs will provide the skills that Veterans require to find and keep a job and secure housing," said Secretary Perez. "The progress made in recent years to reduce Veterans homelessness is encouraging, but it remains our moral duty to do all we can to honor our Veterans with the dignity of a good job and opportunities to build a solid middle-class life for their families."
The grants include $9,094,355 in funding for 37 new grantees to help connect Veterans with employers, who will help identify the skills needed for in-demand jobs and careers. They will also provide job placement, career counseling, life skills and money management mentoring, as well as help in finding housing. VETS estimates that these new funds will help approximately 3,000 Veterans.
For more information, including a list of grantees, visit: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/vets/VETS20141224.htm