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VETS News Release: [06/30/2010]
Contact Name: Jesse Lawder or Michael Volpe
Phone Number: (202) 693-4659 or x3984
Release Number: 10-0917-NAT

US Labor Department announces more than $5 million in grants to organizations serving homeless female veterans and veterans with families

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.

Conference Call Audio Files

  • Conference Call with Secretary Hilda L. Solis, Veterans' Employment & Training Service Assistant Secretary Ray Jefferson, and Director of the Women’s Bureau Sara Manzano-Diaz: [MP3]

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


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

 

Conference Call Audio Files

  • Conference Call with Secretary Hilda L. Solis, Veterans' Employment & Training Service Assistant Secretary Ray Jefferson, and Director of the Women’s Bureau Sara Manzano-Diaz: [MP3]