WASHINGTON, June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service today announced more than $5 million in grants to aid homeless female veterans and veterans with families. Twenty-six grants in 14 states and the District of Columbia will provide job training, counseling and placement services (including job readiness, and literacy and skills training) to expedite the reintegration of homeless female veterans and veterans with families into the labor force through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.
"The Department of Labor is committed to ensuring that these remarkable men and women successfully transition back into the working world," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "The members of our armed forces make enormous sacrifices for the nation. The least we owe them when they return to civilian life is a chance to earn a living, support their families and have a stable place to rest their heads each night."
"Female veterans and veterans with families face special challenges when reintegrating into civilian life," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for VETS Ray Jefferson. "This important emphasis of the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program will allow us to identify and communicate the best practices for women and families in order to accelerate the successful transition for these brave veterans into meaningful employment."
"It is unconscionable that so many female veterans, after serving our country, find themselves homeless," said Sara Manzano-Diaz, director of the Labor Department's Women's Bureau. "There are barriers unique to this population of service members that leave them vulnerable to homelessness. Through these grants, the department will provide critical assistance in reintegrating these women into the workforce and starting them on a path toward self-sufficiency."
In addition to providing reintegration services, the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Grants will stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the unique problems faced by this population of homeless veterans.
Successful applicants were able to express their understanding of the challenges faced by homeless female veterans and/or homeless veterans with families and demonstrated via their grant applications that they had begun developing a network of service providers that were already addressing the needs of this population.
Editor's note: A list of grantees follows this release.
Program Year 2010 Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Grants
St. Francis House Inc.
United States Veterans Initiative
Volunteers of America Los Angeles
All Faith Consortium Inc.
Second Chance Employment Services
Okaloosa Walton Homeless Continuum of Care Opportunity Inc.
Fort Walton Beach
Tampa Crossroads Inc.
Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency
Mental Health Association in Hawaii Inc.
Volunteers of America of Illinois
United Veterans of America
(doing business as Soldier On)
Volunteers of America Michigan Inc.
Saratoga County Rural Preservation Co. Inc.
Black Veterans for Social Justice Inc.
Phoenix Houses of New York Inc.
Services for the UnderServed Inc.
Central City Concern
YWCA of Greater Harrisburg
The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center Inc.
Ethos Educational Services LLC (doing business as Excel Learning Center)
Goodwill Industries of Houston
American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc.
Vocational Training Institute, LLC (doing business as Job Ready Training-San Antonio)
Partners in Careers
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