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VOA Receives $300,000 for Job Training for Homeless Vets

Across Country, 8,6000 to Benefit from New DOL Funds

Secretary Hilda L. SolisOn June 19, 2012, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced the award of 64 grants totaling more than $15 million. VOA of Delaware Valley in Collingswood, NJ will receive $300,000 of these funds. These grants are aimed at providing approximately 8,600 homeless veterans nationwide with job training to help them succeed in civilian careers.

The grants are being awarded under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program. Funds were awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and other groups, including faith-based and community organizations.

The recipients are familiar with the geographic areas and populations to be served, and have demonstrated that they can provide effective help to homeless veterans. Grantees of this program coordinate their efforts with various local, state and federal social service providers to maximize the assistance available for homeless veterans.

“Today, the Department of Labor is taking an important step to help homeless veterans reintegrate into the American labor force,” said Secretary Solis. “This is a complicated challenge that requires an ‘all hands on deck’ response.”

While this is wonderful news for homeless veterans in the Camden County area, are there providers in other regions of the state who could apply for any future Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program funding? Is NJ competitive enough to receive a larger share of the next total national award?

Click here to read the full DOL press release.

by Kate M. Kelly

Kate Kelly joined Monarch Housing Associates in March of 2011. Her responsibilities include writing policy and other website updates, coordinating state and federal advocacy update and assisting with fundraising efforts. To read more about Kate and all of our staff click here. Click here to send Ms. Kelly an email.

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