Title 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

The Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program1 (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 Dual Purposes of HVRP: Reintegrating Individuals into the Workforce and Building Strong Systems

HVRP has two core objectives: 1) to provide services to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force, and 2) to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing homeless veterans. HVRP grantees accomplish these objectives through a variety of core services:

Knowledge of Population - Grantees understand the unique needs of the veterans they serve and structure to meet those needs.

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

Assessment / Intake - Grantees assess each veteran to determine program eligibility and to gage job readiness and willingness to engage in employment services.

Case Management - Grantees 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 - Grantees 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.

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

National Priorities and Goals, Local Implementation

HVRP serves three different categories of veteran populations:

1) homeless female veterans and veterans with children;

2) incarcerated veterans, and

3) all other veterans experiencing homelessness that meet the criteria of the latest FOA.

The HVRP establishes a set of national goals for the overall program. Each HVRP grantee plays a part in these larger goals by placing veterans in these priority groups into competitive employment at the local level.

In Program Year 2020 over 12,000 homeless veterans were served in American Job Centers. HVRP served over 14,500 participants in 2020 (17,188 in PY2019), with roughly 10,100 being co-enrolled in American Job Centers.

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.

HVRP Performance

PY 2021 (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022) Quarterly Reporting Forms

HVRP National Targets and Outcomes

The table below shows Program year (PY) 2020 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021) targets and outcomes for seven critical indicators. Three of the seven indicators are Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) measures.

National Targets & Outcomes

Measure

Target

Outcome

Total Participants Served1

19,500

14,744

Total Number of Exiters2

N/A

11,565

Average Hourly Wage at Placement3

$15.25

$16.23

Placement Rate of Total Participants (exit-based)4

66.0%

61.6%

Placement Rate – Episodically Homeless (exit-based)5

N/A

64.3%

Employment Rate 2nd Quarter After Exit (WIOA)6

54.0%

53.0%

Employment Rate 4th Quarter After Exit (WIOA)7

51.0%

33.3%

Median Earnings 2nd Quarter After Exit (WIOA)8

$4,200

$7,540

 

Demographics Outcomes: Gender

Demographic Category

Number of Participants Served1

Percentage of Total Participants Served

Number of Exiters2

Percentage of Total Number of Exiters

Average Hourly Wage at Placement3

Placement Rate of Total Participants
(exit-based)4

Placement Rate – Episodically Homeless (exit-based)5

WIOA – Employment Rate
2nd Quarter After Exit6

WIOA – Employment Rate
4th Quarter After Exit7

WIOA – Median Earnings 2nd Quarter After Exit8

Male

13,024

88.3%

10,202

88.2%

$16.22

62.0%

64.4%

53.0%

33.2%

$7,540

Female

1,681

11.4%

1,340

11.6%

$16.32

59.0%

63.8%

53.2%

33.3%

$7,712

Gender Not Reported9

39

0.3%

23

0.2%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

 

Demographics Outcomes: Ethnicity

Demographic Category

Number of Participants Served1

Percentage of Total Participants
Served

Number of Exiters2

Percentage of Total Number of Exiters

Average Hourly Wage at Placement3

Placement Rate of Total Participants
(exit-based)4

Placement Rate – Episodically Homeless (exit-based)5

WIOA – Employment Rate
2nd Quarter After Exit6

WIOA – Employment Rate
4th Quarter After Exit7

WIOA – Median Earnings 2nd Quarter After Exit8

Hispanic/Latino

1,423

9.7%

1,176

10.2%

$17.18

63.8%

62.9%

54.1%

32.9%

$8,028

Not Hispanic/Latino

13,321

90.4%

10,389

89.8%

$16.12

61.3%

64.4%

52.7%

33.1%

$7,800

 

 

Demographics Outcomes: Race10

Demographic Category

Number of Participants Served1

Percentage of Total Participants
Served

Number of Exiters2

Percentage of Total Number of Exiters

Average Hourly Wage at Placement3

Placement Rate of Total Participants
(exit-based)4

Placement Rate – Episodically Homeless (exit-based)5

WIOA – Employment Rate
2nd Quarter After Exit6

WIOA – Employment Rate
4th Quarter After Exit7

WIOA – Median Earnings 2nd Quarter After Exit8

American Indian/Alaskan Native

230

1.6%

177

1.5%

$15.31

58.8%

63.2%

51.9%

29.1%

$7,020

Asian

176

1.2%

146

1.3%

$19.55

54.1%

64.0%

44.4%

27.1%

$8,571

Black/African American

6,449

43.7%

5,020

43.4%

$15.66

62.0%

67.4%

54.5%

33.1%

$7,410

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

122

0.8%

96

0.8%

$19.24

49.0%

58.1%

51.5%

32.3%

$7,540

White

6,342

43.0%

4,943

42.7%

$16.46

62.0%

61.9%

52.7%

34.6%

$7,540

Multiracial

368

2.5%

301

2.6%

$16.21

54.8%

64.9%

50.1%

33.8%

$7,727

Race Not Reported

1,057

7.2%

882

7.6%

$17.69

62.1%

60.5%

49.4%

27.6%

$7,800

 

Source: Quarterly grantee Technical Performance Reports (TPRs) as of performance year ending June 30, 2021.

1Participant: An individual who has received services after satisfying all applicable programmatic requirements for the provision of services, such as eligibility determination.
2Exit occurs when a participant has not received services from the program in which the participant is enrolled for at least 90 days, and no future services are planned.
3Placements: Participants who were placed into employment or otherwise obtained employment as a result of grantee services used or received.
4Placement Rate: Number of participants who were placed into employment or otherwise obtained employment as a result of grantee services used or received divided by the number of exiters.
5Episodically Homeless: An individual experiencing homelessness who has met the definition of homelessness continuously for at least 12 months, or on at least four separate occasions in the last 3 years, where the combined occasions total a length of time of at least 12 months.
6Employment Rate 2nd Quarter After Exit: The percentage of participants who are employed during the second quarter after exit from the program.
7Employment Rate 4th Quarter After Exit: The percentage of participants who are employed during the fourth quarter after exit from the program.
8Median Earnings 2nd Quarter After Exit: The median earnings of participants who are employed during the second quarter after exit from the program.
9Gender Not Reported: The number of participants in this category (39) does not meet the reporting threshold for following metrics: Placement Rate of Total Participants (exit-based), Placement Rate – Episodically Homeless (exit-based), Employment Rate 2nd Quarter After Exit (WIOA), Employment Rate 4th Quarter After Exit (WIOA), and Median Earnings 2nd Quarter After Exit (WIOA).
10Race: This is an unduplicated count of total participants served by race. Participants reported as more than one race are categorized as multiracial.