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 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.
- HVRP COVID-19 Questions and Answers for Grantee Staff (PDF)
- Homeless Veterans' Employment Assistance Guide for Service Providers (PDF)
- On-site Assessment Form 2017 (PDF)
- Technical Assistance Report TAG (PDF)
- Corrective Action Plan and High Risk Guide (PDF)
Program Resources and Partners:
- 2021 Funding Opportunity Announcement - View Opportunity | GRANTS.GOV
- Stand Down Grant Information
- List of Current Grantees
Applicants may apply electronically at www.Grants.gov.
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.