US Labor Department announces $4 million to serve more than 1,400 formerly incarcerated veterans at risk of homelessness

Jun 28, 2010, 11:50 ET from U.S. Department of Labor

WASHINGTON, June 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service has awarded $4 million in Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program grants designed to aid veterans "at risk" of homelessness. The 16 grants will serve more than 1,400 formerly incarcerated veterans in 13 states.

"Everyone deserves a second chance, especially the men and women who have sacrificed for our country," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.  "These grants will help open doors back into the workplace for veterans, and allow them to contribute positively both to the nation's economic recovery and society as a whole."

The Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program grants are intended to provide referral and counseling services to assist in reintegrating and/or transitioning formerly incarcerated veterans who are "at risk" of becoming homeless into meaningful employment within the labor force, and to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing these veterans. This program is designed to be flexible in addressing the national, regional and/or local issues that prevent veterans from returning to the workforce after incarceration.

"One of the most important components of rehabilitating our incarcerated veterans is helping them prepare for and obtain meaningful employment," said Assistant Secretary for VETS Ray Jefferson.  "These grants will allow 1,400 formerly incarcerated veterans to obtain the help they need to step back into the workforce and make a positive impact within their communities."

For more information on these grants, visit http://www.dol.gov/vets.

Editor's note: A list of grantees follows this release.

Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program Grantees


US VETS Initiative-LA

Los Angeles

Calif.

90017

$200,000

Volunteers of America-Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Calif.

90010

$300,000

Arizona Women's Education and Employment

Phoenix

Ariz.

85003

$300,000

Way Station Inc.

Frederick

Md.

21705

$300,000

The Workplace Inc.

Bridgeport

Conn.

06604

$300,000

Center for Veterans Issues Ltd.

Milwaukee

Wis.

53208

$300,000

Impact Services Corp.

Philadelphia

Pa.

19134

$300,000

Goodwill Industries of Houston Inc.

Houston

Texas

77043

$300,000

USVI - Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Nev.

89101

$110,000

The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center Inc.

Philadelphia

Pa.

19106

$300,000

Aspen Diversified Industries Services Inc.

Colorado Springs

Colo.

80903

$122,500

Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest

Spokane

Wash.

99202

$300,000

Eaglevision Ministries Inc.

Lansing

Mich.

48906

$299,943

Swords to Plowshares Veterans Rights Organization

San Francisco

Calif.

94103

$100,000

Aletheia House

Birmingham

Ala.

35201

$300,000

United Veterans of America Inc.

Hampshire

Mass.

01053

$200,000





$4,032,443




U.S. Department of Labor releases are accessible on the Internet at http://www.dol.gov.  The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc) from the COAST office upon request.  Please specify which news release when placing your request at 202-693-7828 or TTY 202-693-7755.  The Labor Department is committed to providing America's employers and employees with easy access to understandable information on how to comply with its laws and regulations.  For more information, please visit http://www.dol.gov/compliance.

SOURCE U.S. Department of Labor



RELATED LINKS

http://www.dol.gov/vets