Health Professionals Opportunity Grants

Healthcare Occupational Training Opportunities

HPOG is a study funded by the federal government which is being conducted to determine how these training opportunities help people improve their skills and find better jobs. During the study, all new eligible applicants will be selected by lottery to participate in these training opportunities. Not all eligible applicants will be selected to participate in these opportunities.

The Volunteers of America Texas Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) has expanded its services to more people in need of financial assistance in the Houston area, thanks to a grant received from the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

VOA Texas was awarded the Healthcare Professionals Opportunity Grant (HPOG) in the amount of $5,614,880 by the agency's Administration for Children and Families. The funds will be dispersed over a five year period, which will allow the organization to help 1,500 more individuals over the life of the grant.

Authorized by the Affordable Care Act, the HPOG program provides education and training to TANF recipients and other low-income individuals for occupations in the health care field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand.

The goal of the FOC is to help people overcome financial and employment barriers to maintain employment and enhance their independence. It helps individuals who either have never worked before, have a sporadic work history, gaps in employment, or other barriers that need to be addressed in order to obtain and maintain employment. This program is designed to improve work related behaviors and enhance interpersonal skills.

Our motto is: "It is not where you've been, it's where you're going."

Healthcare training currently available includes:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Community Health Worker
  • Dental Assistant
  • Medical Insurance Coding/Billing
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Radiology Technician
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Surgical Technician
  • Dental Hygenist
  • Health Information Technician
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse
  • Registered Nurse

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*All programs and trainings are grant funded by HPOG and scholarships are available*

For more information please contact call our HPOG hotline, (346) 251-0790 or email

Financial Opportunity Center
4808 Yale Street
Houston, TX 77018

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This document was supported by Grant [90FX0051-01-00 ] from the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS.