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Grant Received to Serve Veterans in Allen County

Yesterday, Volunteers of America of Indiana received word that it is the recipient of a grant from the United States Department of Labor. This grant will implement a Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program in Allen County (greater Fort Wayne).

According to the Department of Labor’s website, “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...the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program is awarding funds competitively to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, and tribal governments, including faith-based and community organizations. Homeless veterans may receive occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance, including follow-up services. HVRP is the only federal program that focuses exclusively on employment of veterans who are homeless. ” Learn more about national grant distribution here.

The funds from this grant will mainly be used to hire program-specific personnel and to pay for training opportunities for clientele. Veterans who participate in this program will receive employment and training that will help them become engaged in the community and gain employment. 

Residents of Liberty Landing and The Richard Lugar Safe Haven (properties and programs owned by Volunteers of America of Indiana) will greatly benefit from HVRP. 

The implementation of this program will begin July 1, 2015.