The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of over $53 million in Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) grants to 157 recipients that will provide employment services to more than 21,000 homeless veterans seeking to reintegrate into the workforce.

HVRP grantees coordinate their efforts with other federal programs such as the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care programs. The Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) administers the HVRP.

“As we work to overcome the disruption caused by coronavirus, we recognize a special obligation to help the military veterans who need us most re-enter the workforce,” U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia said. “Faith-based and community-based organizations, as well as other local entities, are well-positioned to support veterans in their communities and help them participate in the economic freedom they’ve secured for us.” 

The Department will award 77 grants totaling $26.6 million to first-time recipients and award $26.4 million in option-year funding to grantees originally awarded in 2018 and 2019.

“The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to helping all of our nation’s veterans realize their full potential in the workplace,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans’ Employment and Training John Lowry. “While these veterans may be homeless today, with the right kind of support, they can reestablish an employment trajectory that will enable a prosperous future.”

Ohio recipients include:

• Easter Seals TriState LLC, $168,048.

• Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries Rehabilitation Center Inc.,$472,151.

• Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana, $360,000.

• Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana, $320,000.

• Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana, $315,000.

• Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana, $320,000.

• Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana, $255,000.

HVRP awards grants on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, faith-based and community organizations. Through the services provided, homeless veterans may learn occupational skills, attain apprenticeships or on-the-job training opportunities and receive job search and placement assistance. 

Visit www.dol.gov/vets for more information on the Department’s unemployment and re-employment programs for veterans. For questions about these grant awards, please contact the Department’s Kia Mason at (202) 693-2606, and for more information about the VETS, please visit www.veterans.gov or follow on twitter @VETS_DOL.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.