$36 MILLION IN JOB TRAINING GRANTS WILL HELP MORE THAN 17,000 VETERANS OVERCOME HOMELESSNESS, SECURE MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT
WASHINGTON – On June 3, 2016 U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced the award of $36 million in Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program grants today to help an estimated 17,000 veterans successfully transition to sustainable housing and good civilian jobs. The grants will fund a variety of services to assist homeless veterans in their return to the labor force including occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance.
"Veterans homelessness is a moral outrage and it hurts the economy as well," said the secretary in announcing the grants at the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans' annual conference today. "We know that America works best when we field a full team, and veterans are some of our most valuable players. When a lack of stable housing is keeping highly skilled veterans out of the workforce, we all lose out on their gifts and talents."
Grants were awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, and faith-based and community organizations. HVRP is the only federal program focused exclusively on employment of homeless veterans. President Obama has proposed increasing funding for the HVRP program to $50 million in the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget.
Grantees in the HVRP program network coordinate their efforts with various local, state and federal social service providers. To learn more about the U.S. Department of Labor's unemployment and re-employment programs for veterans, visit www.dol.gov/vets/.
TELAMON GRANTEES: SOUTH CAROLINA AND ALABAMA
Telamon AL ($200,000) - Southeast Alabama, and Montgomery, Lowndes, Elmore, Lee, Autauga, Dale, Barbour, Pike, Crenshaw, Blount and Etowah Counties
Telamon, SC ($300,000) – Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington and Richland counties.
Telamon South Carolina (SC) will assist eligible homeless and at-risk-of homelessness veterans make the transition to employment, a higher degree of security, and a more secure housing situation by providing employment, training, and support services. The areas to be served comprise the Columbia SC MSA and is made up of Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, and Richland counties. The Columbia MSA is ranked 73rd in terms of the general population and includes 70,526 veteran women and men, 22% of South Carolina’s total veteran population (Estimate for 9/30/15 from the US Department of Veteran Affairs; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning; Office of the Actuary, Veteran Projection Model-VetPop 2014, September 2015).
There are a number of factors that drive Telamon SC’s identified need for an urban Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) in the service areas. These include a large population of homeless and at-risk veterans living in poverty and with high levels of unemployment within a business environment that provides hope for jobs and self-sufficiency.
“We are honored to serve our homeless and at-risk veterans as they have served our country. Working as a team in a professional, caring, and compassionate environment will yield benefits for all whom are involved.”
- Stephannie Durant-Brooks, Telamon SC State Director.
With 5 military bases in-state, there is a large population of veterans in Alabama; many settle after completion of military service. Originally attracted by Alabama’s low cost of living, far too many veterans end up homeless and unemployed after military service. In addition, it can be difficult for homeless vets to access the services to which they are entitled due to lack of knowledge of services, lack of transportation, and other such obstacles that pose barriers to linking with existing resources. This is further complicated by the severe shortage of temporary housing available in Alabama to stabilize veterans so they are better equipped to transition to jobs and stable housing.
“The impact on the community will be to increase veteran’s access to the services to which they are entitled. We will help them do this. Services exist, but without the knowledge of these resources and the ‘know-how’ about how to link with them, many federal dollars to which veterans are entitled are left on the table. We will also provide job training to help veterans get jobs, and keep them. Telamon has a strong track record of providing high quality employment and training services – and it is an honor to support and serve our state’s veterans via these proven-effective jobs programs.”
- Linda Monaco, Telamon-AL State Director
About Telamon Corporation
Headquartered in Raleigh, Telamon-Transition Resources Corporation(TRC) is a Raleigh-based non-profit organization that provides educational services via early childhood and family support programs, employment and training, housing and financial empowerment and a variety of other services to over 28,000 individuals in eleven states.
Telamon-TRC’s mission is to provide educational services that lead to better jobs, better lives, and better communities.
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