The Homeless Veterans' Reintegration ProgramTitle 38 U.S.C. Section 2021

"...the Secretary of Labor shall conduct, directly or through grant or contract, such programs as the Secretary determines appropriate 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."

The Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP) is an employment focused competitive grant program of the Department of Labor, Veterans' Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS), the only federal grant to focus exclusively on competitive employment for homeless veterans. Initially authorized in 1987 under Section 738 of Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, HVRP and its companion programs are currently authorized under Title 38 U.S.C. Sections 2021, 2021A and 2023.

The Goals of the Grant Program are to:

  • Provide career exploration, training, placement, and supportive services to veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness, empowering them to secure good jobs in stable, high-demand occupations paying livable wages.
  • Establish strong partnerships between public, private, and nonprofit organizations, especially those that employ and partner with veterans who have experienced homelessness, to deliver equitable services to marginalized veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness to assist in overcoming barriers to employment.

HVRP grant recipients accomplish these goals through a variety of core services:

Knowledge of Population

Grant recipients understand the unique needs of the veterans they serve and structure to meet those needs.


Grant recipients use a flexible, non-threatening approach to meet veterans where they are. Outreach also includes activities to engage partners and employers.

Assessment / Intake

Grant recipients assess each veteran to determine program eligibility and to gauge job readiness and willingness to engage in employment services.

Case Management

Grant recipients use a veteran-centered approach to develop an Individual Employment Plan (IEP) based on individual's strengths and preferences while addressing barriers.

Job driven Training and Placement

Grant recipients provide training that is targeted to the specific industries, occupations, and skills that are in demand locally. Training services can be provided in-house, through partners in the community, or through the local American Job Center.


Grant recipients collaborate with public and private partners at all levels (federal, state and local) to provide supportive services and access to housing.

National Priorities and Local Implementation

HVRP serves:

  • Veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness
  • Homeless women veterans and homeless veterans with children
  • Justice-involved veterans

The HVRP establishes national priorities for the overall program. Each HVRP grant recipient contributes to these priorities by placing veterans in these populations into competitive employment at the local level.

General Information

Program Documents

Active Policy Guidance

VETS policies are on the Policy Guidance | U.S. Department of Labor page. HVRP-specific active policies include:

Program Resources and Partners

Grant Application

Eligible Applicants

Applications for funds will be accepted from State and Local Workforce Investment Boards, local public agencies, for-profit/commercial entities, and non-profit organizations, including faith-based and community-based organizations. Applicants must have a familiarity with the area and population to be served and the ability to administer an effective and timely program.

Note that entities organized under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code are not eligible to receive funds under this announcement. Section 18 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, Public Law 104-65, 109 Stat. 691 (2 U.S.C. 1611) prohibits instituting an award, grant, or loan of federal funds to 501(c)(4) entities that engage in lobbying.

VETS Grantee Reporting System

The VETS Grantee Reporting System (VGRS) is a new system that will replace the PDF and Excel-based information collection forms and email-based grant reports submission process for HVRP (launching summer 2024) and eventually JVSG. 
VGRS launch page

HVRP Performance

PY 2024 (July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025) Quarterly Reporting Forms

PY 2023 (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024) Quarterly Reporting Forms

HVRP National Targets and Outcomes

Program Year (PY) 2022 – July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023

VETS awarded over $57 million to 56 new and 110 continuation HVRP grants that served 17,389 participants during Program Year (PY) 2022. Over 55 percent of HVRP exiters were placed into employment with an average hourly wage of $18.34.  In the second quarter after exit, the HVRP employment rate was 36 percent and median earnings were $8,650. 

DVOP Specialists and LVER staff also support HVRP grantees by providing workforce system resources to help grantees achieve job placement and retention goals.  In PY22, grantees reported 73 percent of participants served were co-enrolled in various employment programs offered at American Job Centers. 

Each year, VETS uses a small portion of HVRP funds to support grantee Stand Down events. These events, held in local communities, provide a variety of social services to homeless veterans, and serve as gateways into structured housing and reintegration programs. In FY23, VETS awarded $243,577 for 33 Stand Down events in 16 states. 

The links below show the targets and outcomes for key performance indicators by Program Year (PY), to include demographic breakouts for age, gender, ethnicity, race, and population.