$100,000 Grant to Provide Job Training for Veterans in Johnson County7/3/2012
Congressman Loebsack Announces Over $100,000 to Provide Job Training for Homeless Veterans
Congressman Dave Loebsack announced that Shelter House Community Shelter & Transition Services will receive $105,425 to provide job training for homeless veterans. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP). The grant will be used to serve homeless veterans in Johnson County.
“We must end homelessness amongst our veteran population,” said Loebsack. “We have a moral obligation to serve those who have worn our country’s uniform with the same dignity and honor with which they have served our nation. This funding will help provide our veterans the support they need to secure good civilian jobs, get back on their feet, and to bring the skills they acquired through their service to Iowa employers. I am pleased Shelter House Community Shelter & Transition Services has received this competitive funding to expand their services to Iowa’s veterans.”
Shelter House Community Shelter & Transition Services can use this competitive grant to offer occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance, including follow-up services for homeless veterans. HVRP is the only federal program that focuses exclusively on employment of veterans who are homeless.
On Monday, July 2, the Department of Labor announced 90 grants, totaling over $20 million, to provide 11,000 Veterans with job training to help them succeed in civilian careers. The grants are being awarded under the U.S. Department of Labor’s HVRP.
These 2nd and 3rd year HVRP awards are being awarded to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations. Also included are grants that are designed to address difficult to serve subpopulations of homeless Veterans, the Homeless Female Veterans and Veterans with Families Program and the Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program. These agencies are familiar with the areas and populations to be served and have demonstrated they can provide effective assistance to homeless veterans.
HVRP grants provide occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance, including follow-up services.
Grantees under the HVRP program network and coordinate their efforts with various local, state and federal social service providers to maximize the assistance available to assist the homeless veteran. More information on the Department of Labor’s unemployment and re-employment programs for veterans can be found at www.dol.gov/vets.