Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program
Oldtimer’s comment: You must read to the bottom of this to get the whole story, my fact checker.
The purpose of the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) is to provide services to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force and to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing homeless veterans.
HVRP was initially authorized under Section 738 of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act in July 1987. It is currently authorized under Title 38 U.S.C. Section 2021, as added by Section 5 of Public Law 107-95, the Homeless Veterans Comprehensive Assistance Act of 2001. Funds are awarded on a competitive basis to eligible applicants such as: State and local Workforce Investment Boards, public agencies, for-profit/commercial entities, and non-profit organizations, including faith based and community based organizations.
Grantees provide an array of services utilizing a case management approach that directly assists homeless veterans as well as provide critical linkages for a variety of supportive services available in their local communities. The program is “employment focused” and veterans receive the employment and training services they need in order to re-enter the labor force. Job placement, training, job development, career counseling, resume preparation, are among the services that are provided.
Supportive services such as clothing, provision of or referral to temporary, transitional, and permanent housing, referral to medical and substance abuse treatment, and transportation assistance are also provided to meet the needs of this target group.
Since its inception, HVRP has featured an outreach component using veterans who themselves have experienced homelessness. In recent years, this successful technique was modified to allow the programs to utilize formerly homeless veterans in various other positions where there is direct client contact such as counseling, peer coaching, intake, and follow-up services.
The emphasis on helping homeless veterans get and retain jobs is enhanced through many linkages and coordination with various veterans’ services programs and organizations such as the Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program and Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives stationed in the local employment service offices of the State Workforce Agencies, Workforce Investment Boards, One-Stop Centers, Veterans’ Workforce Investment Program, the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Departments of Veterans’ Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Health and Human Services.
For more information about U.S. Department of Labor employment and training programs for veterans, contact the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service office nearest you, listed in the phone book under United States Government, U.S. Department of Labor or at this link.
Oldtimer’s comment: The above is copied in full from the Dept of Labor at the link at the beginning of this post. There are other services and publications available as links at the same site. Worth a look-see if you are a homeless veteran or know of one in your community.
However, they farm all of this stuff out to certain areas of the country through grants to a few private and public organizations in 30 states. Most areas have no such programs, including 20 entire states that received no funding.
I took the liberty of looking up the grants provided by this program.
In 2007 they provided 87 grants totaling 20 Million dollars and some change. The grants went to such places as Goodwill ($1.54 Million), Nashville’s Operation Stand down ($300,000), both of which Wanderingvet, our homeless veteran friend, either wrote about or visited. I’m not sure that he would claim we get our money’s worth. Some city, county and state govenments benefitted. The HVF mentioned in a previous post was not listed among the grantees.
There were 12,877 planned enrollments which are expected to result in 9113 employments, at a cost of $2226 per placement at an average salary of $9.87 and hour. The highest rate was $11.50 and the lowest $6.95 an hour. Cost of placement varies by location. Nevada for example can employ a veteran at a cost of $971 while others go as high as more than $5000 per placement such as in California.
OK Department of Labor: What are you going to do if the other 190,000 homeless veterans show up? It is gonna be a long line. You have funded $101.42 per homeless vet. That works out to 27.7 cents per day! Pencil and a few sheets of paper anyone?
Creative Commons photo provided courtesy of [martin]
Department of Labor: You are not doing enough for our homeless heroes!