US Labor Dept announces $5 million in grants to orgs serving homeless female veterans and veterans with families

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service today announced more than $5 million in grants to aid homeless female veterans and veterans with families.  Twenty-six grants in 14 states and the District of Columbia will provide job training, counseling and placement services (including job readiness, and literacy and skills training) to expedite the reintegration of homeless female veterans and veterans with families into the labor force through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program. 

“The Department of Labor is committed to ensuring that these remarkable men and women successfully transition back into the working world,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “The members of our armed forces make enormous sacrifices for the nation.  The least we owe them when they return to civilian life is a chance to earn a living, support their families and have a stable place to rest their heads each night.”

“Female veterans and veterans with families face special challenges when reintegrating into civilian life,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for VETS Ray Jefferson.  “This important emphasis of the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program will allow us to identify and communicate the best practices for women and families in order to accelerate the successful transition for these brave veterans into meaningful employment.”

“It is unconscionable that so many female veterans, after serving our country, find themselves homeless,” said Sara Manzano-Diaz, director of the Labor Department’s Women’s Bureau.  “There are barriers unique to this population of service members that leave them vulnerable to homelessness.  Through these grants, the department will provide critical assistance in reintegrating these women into the workforce and starting them on a path toward self-sufficiency.”  

In addition to providing reintegration services, the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Grants will stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the unique problems faced by this population of homeless veterans.   

Successful applicants were able to express their understanding of the challenges faced by homeless female veterans and/or homeless veterans with families and demonstrated via their grant applications that they had begun developing a network of service providers that were already addressing the needs of this population.

Editor’s note: A list of grantees follows this release.

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Program Year 2010 Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Grants

Grantee Name City ST Amount
St. Francis House Inc. Little Rock Ark. $106,071
United States Veterans Initiative Long Beach Calif. $150,000
Volunteers of America Los Angeles Los Angeles Calif. $300,000
All Faith Consortium Inc. Washington D.C. $150,000
Second Chance Employment Services Washington D.C. $300,000
Okaloosa Walton Homeless Continuum of Care Opportunity Inc. Fort Walton Beach Fla. $200,000
Tampa Crossroads Inc. Tampa Fla. $237,974
Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency Atlanta Ga. $261,800
Mental Health Association in Hawaii Inc. Honolulu Hawaii $300,000
Volunteers of America of Illinois Chicago Ill. $154,065
United Veterans of America(doing business as Soldier On) Leeds Mass. $200,000
Veterans Inc. Worcester Mass. $94,220
Volunteers of America Michigan Inc. Southfield Mich. $300,000
Saratoga County Rural Preservation Co. Inc. Ballston Spa N.Y. $75,000
Black Veterans for Social Justice Inc. Brooklyn N.Y. $300,000
Phoenix Houses of New York Inc. New York N.Y. $126,139
Services for the UnderServed Inc. New York N.Y. $299,995
Central City Concern Portland Ore. $75,000
YWCA of Greater Harrisburg Harrisburg Pa. $76,424
The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center Inc. Philadelphia Pa. $76,612
Fast Forward Columbia S.C. $100,000
Ethos Educational Services LLC (doing business as Excel Learning Center) El Paso Texas $300,000
Goodwill Industries of Houston Houston Texas $300,000
American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc. San Antonio Texas $300,000
Vocational Training Institute, LLC (doing business as Job Ready Training-San Antonio) San Antonio Texas $300,000
Partners in Careers Vancouver Wash. $173,280
      $5,256,580

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