Homeless veterans in Hawaii to get $500,000 in job training grants

Published On: Jul 03 2012 11:30:07 AM HST

Hawaii's homeless veterans will get two grants from the U.S. Department of Labor totaling $500,000 for job training.

The Department of Labor has awarded 90 grants totaling more than $20 million to fund job training and support services that will help more than 11,000 veterans across the country succeed in civilian careers.

The grants are being awarded through the department’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.

"Americans who have served their country should not find themselves without a home," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.  "The grants will help these heroes find good jobs and take us one step closer to the goal of ending veteran homelessness altogether."

The United States Veterans Initiative in Kapolei was awarded $200,000.  The Mental Health Association in Hawaii in Honolulu was awarded $300,000.

The grants announced are second- and third-year awards to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations -- including faith-based and community organizations -- that demonstrated satisfactory performance during the past year.

Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program grants provide occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance, including follow-up services.  Grantees are expected to maximize available assistance and find good jobs for veterans by coordinating efforts and resources with the U.S. departments of Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Health and Human Services, as well as other national, state and local agencies in accordance with the VA’s five-year plan to end homelessness for veterans and their families.

In June, Secretary Solis announced the award of 64 grants through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program. Those grants -- which are separate from the 90 receiving funds today -- are first-year awards totaling more than $15 million and aimed at providing about 8,600 homeless veterans nationwide with job training.

More information on the Department of Labor’s unemployment and re-employment programs for veterans can be found at http://www.dol.gov/vets.


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