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$5 Million Available in Employment Grants for Homeless Vets

U.S. Dept. of Labor

$5 million in grant funding for workforce investment boards and organizations is available to provide employment services for veterans experiencing homelessness, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced on June 8.

The funding, made available through DOL’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, aims to provide approximately 3,000 homeless veterans with job training and other services to help them succeed in civilian careers.

"No one should face homelessness. But statistics reveal that a disturbingly large percentage of our homeless population is made up of veterans," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "The Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program will help these veterans prepare for and obtain meaningful employment so they can establish a more stable civilian life."

Nationally, approximately 23% of homeless individuals are veterans - disproportionate with the number of veterans in the general population - and on any given night between 130,000 and 200,000 Veterans experience homelessness. In Connecticut, there are approximately 462 veterans experiencing homelessness, according to Department of Veterans Affairs statistics.

Funds from the DOL grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations.

To Learn More:
DOL Press Release
DOL Grant Notice


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