DOL Issues Some $36.7 Million for Homeless Veterans’ Job Training

July 1, 2014 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

veterans-day-1434661-mOne of the saddest stories in our country is the plight of U.S. veterans who, after bravely serving in our nation’s military and often fighting in foreign wars, return home to find themselves without a job and homeless. Therefore, it was heartening to see that the U.S Department of Labor yesterday announced that it awarded about $36.7 million in grants to 156 organizations nationwide to help more than 12,000 veterans get training for civilian careers under DOL’s Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program.

As DOL Secretary Thomas E. Perez puts it: “These job training programs will provide the skills that veterans require to find and keep a job and secure housing. The progress made in recent years to reduce veterans’ homelessness is encouraging, but it remains our moral duty to do all we can to honor our veterans with the dignity of a good job and opportunities to build a solid middle-class life for their families.”

The grants include some $9 million in funding for 37 new grantees to provide job-driven training, job placement, career counseling, life skills and money management mentoring, as well as help in finding housing.  The grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations.

If anyone deserves a helping hand with getting the training needed to succeed in a career, it’s our veterans. It’s only fitting that grant funds go to this worthy cause. Moreover, as we move towards increased performance under the Office of Management and Budget’s uniform grant guidance, I would be especially interested to know the true outcomes (i.e., how many veterans eventually are no longer homeless, how many jobs were actually created) resulting from these grants awards. Only time will tell, I guess.

Let us know how you feel about the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program? We’d enjoy hearing your thoughts.





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