About the Study

In 2017, the Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) partnered with the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) and commissioned contractor Mathematica and its subcontractors, the Urban Institute and Social Policy Research Associates, to conduct the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) Evaluation.

The evaluation includes a quasi-experimental impact study using administrative data and a complementary implementation study. The implementation study aimed to provide context to help interpret the findings of the HVRP impact study, which is using a matched comparison group design to compare key employment-related outcomes for HVRP participants with the outcomes of similar veterans experiencing homelessness who did not participate in HVRP. The impact study analyses are ongoing, and completion is expected in 2024.

HVRP, which is administered by the Department of Labor’s VETS, is the only federal program that focuses exclusively on providing employment services to veterans experiencing homelessness. VETS administers HVRP through competitive grants to state, local, and tribal governments; local Workforce Development Boards; private for-profit and nonprofit organizations; and community organizations to provide employment services and develop effective service systems. In June 2023, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced PY 2023 awards totaling more than $58 million for 159 grantees; this included 72 grantees in the first year of a possible three-year grant and 87 grantees in their second or third grant year.

This DOL-funded study was a result of the annual process to determine the Department’s research priorities for the upcoming year. It contributes to the labor evidence base to inform Employment and Training programs and policies and addresses Departmental strategic goals and priorities.

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Project Duration: 84 Months

Contract End Date: July 2025

Contractor: Mathematica Policy Research, with Urban Institute and Social Policy Research Associates

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Find more research in DOL's Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR) and the CLEAR Veterans Topic Area page.

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) sponsors independent evaluations and research, primarily conducted by external, third-party contractors in accordance with the Department of Labor Evaluation Policy. CEO’s research development process includes extensive technical review at the design, data collection and analysis stage, including: external contractor review and OMB review and approval of data collection methods and instruments per the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), Institutional Review Board (IRB) review to ensure studies adhere to the highest ethical standards, review by academic peers (e.g., Technical Working Groups), and inputs from relevant DOL agency and program officials and CEO technical staff. Final reports undergo an additional independent expert technical review and a review for Section 508 compliance prior to publication. The resulting reports represent findings from this independent research and do not represent DOL positions or policies.