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VETS News Release: [03/29/2010]
Contact Name: Michael Volpe or Jesse Lawder
Phone Number: (202) 693-3984 or 4659
Release Number: 10-0357-NAT

US Labor Department announces more than $8 million grant competition to serve homeless veterans

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Laborís Veteransí Employment and Training Service has announced an $8.3 million grant competition to provide job training, counseling and placement services (including job readiness, and literacy and skills training) to expedite the reintegration of homeless veterans into the labor force through its Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.

"Every day, our service men and women — and their families — make tremendous sacrifices for their country. Yet a staggering share of our homeless population is made up of veterans," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "Reintegrating these homeless veterans into meaningful employment is a crucial step in restoring the strength of our economy. Just as important, as is the case with all Americans, ending homelessness among those who have donned the military uniform is also the right thing to do."

HVRP grants are intended to provide services to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force and to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing homeless veterans.

The Department of Labor is soliciting applicants to design programs that help eligible veterans by providing job placement services, job training, counseling, supportive services and other assistance to expedite the reintegration of homeless individuals into the labor force. Successful programs also will be flexible in addressing universal as well as local or regional problems that have had a negative impact on homeless veterans re-entering the workforce.

For more information on this solicitation, visit http://www.grants.gov/ and http://www.dol.gov/vets.