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Facts and Figures From Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program

By    |   Sunday, 28 Jun 2015 11:42 AM

The Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) makes employment a cornerstone of efforts to help homeless veterans readjust to civilian life and make strides toward self-sufficiency.

Managed by the Department of Labor's Veterans Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS), the program connects homeless veterans with community-based job training, development and placement, and with complementary services such as health care and housing assistance as needed.

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Authorization for this veterans-assistance initiative dates to the Reagan administration, but is only since the Iraq and Afghanistan wars of the 2000s that HVRP has really come into its own.

Funding levels in the late 1990s were typically in the low millions, but then climbed rapidly. As of 2014, DOL-VETS grants totaling $36.7 million went to 156 organizations nationwide to provide employment-focused reintegration assistance to an estimated 12,000 homeless veterans, the Department of Labor reported.

Veterans reached by the program secure job training and placement through grant-funded HVRP programs that are operated by a constellation of public, private and nonprofit organizations — from city departments of human services to local Salvation Army shelters to veterans-specific aid groups such as Swords to Plowshares and Operation Stand Down.

HVRP programs also make a point of recruiting formerly homeless veterans to identify and work with people in need of reintegration services.

"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 Department of Labor reported.

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Each grant-funded group regularly reports back to DOL-VETS, providing raw numbers for how many homeless veterans the employment assistance program served, what percentage of them found jobs, what was the average pay in comparison to the local minimum wage.

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