Nonprofit Receives $885,710 to help Homeless Veterans in Texas
DALLAS, TX – Homeless veterans in North Texas will soon have another place to turn to for help. Volunteers of America Texas has received more than $385,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor VETS division to expand its Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) to North Texas. The organization currently offers the program in Houston, which also received an award of $500,000 to continue programming there.
The three-year grant from the Veterans’ Administration will help homeless veterans gain occupational skills, apprenticeship opportunities, and on-the-job training as well as job search and placement assistance.
“We’ve seen great success with our veterans’ programs in Houston and we are glad that veterans in North Texas will now be able to reap the benefits of the HVRP program here,” said Angela King, VOA Texas president and CEO. “We actually hire veterans to work in our programs because who could better relate to the needs of the people who have sacrificed their lives for our country? They’ve served us, and now it’s our turn to serve them.”
The program is expected to serve 180 veterans each year in North Texas, throughout the life of the grant and will employ up to five staff members, most likely veterans. VOA Texas currently provides employment services and other support to veterans through the HVRP program in Houston which served nearly 200 veterans in Texas last year. VOA Texas also provides safe, affordable housing to an additional 595 veterans in its housing program.
The funding is part of $48.1 million that was awarded to organizations across the nation by the U.S. Department of Labor. The funding will provide workforce integration for more than 18,000 homeless veterans.