Approximately 8,600 homeless veterans to benefit from more than $15 million in job training grants awarded by US Labor DepartmentEdit

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced the award of 64 grants totaling more than $15 million that 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.

"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. Our grantees span communities across the country, from the District of Columbia to Puerto Rico, and we salute them for their commitment to assist those who've served."

Funds are being awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and other groups, including faith-based and community organizations. These recipients are familiar with the geographic areas and populations to be served, and have demonstrated that they can provide effective help to homeless veterans.

To assist homeless veterans with reintegration into the workforce, in addition to the new grants announced today, during the upcoming program year, the Labor Department will provide more than $19 million in funding to support continuing HVRP grants. Under these grants, 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 recognized as an efficient and effective program, and is the only federal program that focuses exclusively on ensuring the employment of veterans who are homeless.

Grantees of this program coordinate their efforts with various local, state and federal social service providers to maximize the assistance available for homeless veterans. More information on the Department of Labor's unemployment and re-employment programs for veterans can be found at .

2012 Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Grantees

        Award    Grantee                                                                       City          State       Area(s) to be Served
        $140,000 US Veterans Initiative                                                        Prescott      Ariz.       Prescott, Ariz.
        $300,000 United States Veterans Initiative                                             Long Beach    Calif.      Long Beach, Calif.
        $300,000 P.A.T.H.                                                                      Los Angeles   Calif.      San Diego, Calif.
        $121,757 California Veterans Assistance Foundation Inc.                                Bakersfield   Calif.      City of Bakersfield, Calif.
        $300,000 New Directions Inc.                                                           Los Angeles   Calif.      Los Angeles County, Calif.
        $277,796 Working Wardrobes for a new Start                                             Costa Mesa    Calif.      Orange and Los Angeles counties, Calif.
        $150,000 Center Point Inc.                                                             San Rafael    Calif.      Austin, Texas
        $300,000 Able-Disabled Advocacy Inc.                                                   San Diego     Calif.      San Diego, Calif.
        $300,000 Salvation Army/California                                                     Los Angeles   Calif.      City of Bell and Los Angeles County, Calif.
        $300,000 VOA of Los Angeles                                                            Los Angeles   Calif.      Los Angeles, Calif.
        $300,000 City and County of Denver/DHS                                                 Denver        Colo.       Denver, Colo.
        $180,938 Journey Home Inc.                                                             Hartford      Conn.       Hartford, Conn.
        $300,000 All Faith Consortium Inc.                                                     Washington    D.C.        Washington, D.C.
        $300,000 National Organization of Concerned Black Men                                  Washington    D.C.        Washington, D.C.
        $300,000 US Veterans Initiative                                                        Washington    D.C.        Washington, D.C.
        $218,260 City of Jacksonville, Florida Military Affairs, Veterans and Disabled Service Jacksonville  Fla.        Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
        $200,000 Hillsborough County Florida                                                   Tampa         Fla.        Hillsborough County and city of Tampa, Fla.
        $238,397 Atlanta Center for Self-Sufficiency                                           Atlanta       Ga.         Atlanta , Ga.
        $200,000 Goodwill Industries of the Heartland                                          Iowa City     Iowa        Iowa counties:  Scott, Clinton and Muscatine
                                                                                                                         Illinois counties:  Rock Island, Whiteside and Henry
        $300,000 The Inner Voice Inc.                                                          Chicago       Ill.        Chicago, Ill.
        $300,000 Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago                              Chicago       Ill.        Chicago, Ill.
        $300,000 Transitional Living Services Inc.                                             McHenry       Ill.        McHenry, Lake, Kane and Cook counties, Ill.
        $200,000 Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois Inc.                                  Peoria        Ill.        Grundy, Henderson, Knox, Livingston, Marshall, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, Tazewell, Warren, Woodford, Ford, Champaign, Hancock, Fulton, Mason, McDonough, Bureau, LaSalle and Henry counties, Ill.
        $238,000 National Able Network Inc.                                                    Chicago       Ill.        Chicago, Ill.
        $254,546 HealthNet Inc.                                                                Indianapolis  Ind.        Indianapolis, Ind.
        $130,313 ECHO Housing Corp.                                                            Evansville    Ind.        Evansville, Ind.
        $300,000 Volunteers of America of Kentucky                                             Louisville    Ky.         Knoxville, Tenn.
        $200,000 Quad Area Community Action Agency Inc.                                        Hammond       La          East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Tangipahoa, Washington and St. Helena, La.
        $300,000 Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans                                     New Orleans   La.         New Orleans, La.
        $300,000 Volunteers of America of Massachusetts                                        Jamaica Plain Mass.       Middlesex and Essex County, Mass.
        $300,000 Soldier On Inc.                                                               Leeds         Mass.       Albany, Schenectady and Troy, N.Y.; and 18 counties served by Albany Stratton VAMC, N.Y.
        $178,072 Interseminarian Project Place Inc.                                            Boston        Mass.       Boston, Mass.
        $225,000 Veterans Inc.                                                                 Worcester     Mass.       Southeastern Massachusetts and northern Rhode Island with a focus on Providence, R.I., and New Bedford, Mass.
        $300,000 Veterans Inc.                                                                 Worcester     Mass.       Central and Western Massachusetts with a focus on Worcester and Springfield, Mass.
        $216,000 Father Bill's and MainSpring Inc.                                             Quincy        Mass.       Southeast Massachusetts
        $300,000 Way Station Inc.                                                              Frederick     Md.         Baltimore City; Baltimore Frederick, Montgomery and Washington counties,  Md; Washington, D.C.; and Jefferson, Berkley and Morgan counties, W. Va.
        $140,000 Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corp.                                      Millersvillle Md.         Anne Arundel County, Md.
        $300,000 Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries                                             Highland Park Mich.       Detroit, Mich.
        $208,500 Goodwill of Greater Rapids                                                    Grandville    Mich.       Grand Rapids, Mich.
        $200,000 VOA - Michigan                                                                Lansing       Mich.       Lansing, Mich.
        $300,000 Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans                                     Saint Paul    Minn.       Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
        $300,000 VOA of Delaware Valley Inc.                                                   Collingswood  N.J.        Collingswood, N.J.
        $300,000 Veterans Outreach Center Inc.                                                 Rochester     N.Y.        Rochester, N.Y.; Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne counties, N.Y.
        $300,000 America Works of New York Inc.                                                New York      N.Y.        New York City inclusive of Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island
        $100,064 Project Renewal Inc.                                                          NYC           N.Y.        New York City, N.Y.
        $118,800 Albany Housing Coalition Inc.                                                 Albany        N.Y.        Albany, N.Y.
        $300,000 Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries Rehabilitation Center Inc.                    Cincinnati    Ohio        Northern Kentucky counties of Campbell, Kenton, Boone, Grant, Carroll, Gallatin, Harrison, Pendleton and Scott;  Indiana Counties of Dearborne, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley, Switzerland
        $300,000 United Methodist Community Center                                             Youngstown    Ohio        Mahoning and Trumbull counties, Ohio
        $200,000 Easter Seals Oregon                                                           Portland      Ore.        Rogue Valley Region, Ore.
        $178,750 YWCA of Greater Harrisburg                                                    Harrisburg    Pa.         Harrisburg, Pa.
        $300,000 Veterans Leadership Program of Western PA Inc.                                Pittsburgh    Pa.         Pittsburgh metropolitan statistical area
        $300,000 Impact Services Corporation                                                   Philadelphia  Pa.         Philadelphia, Pa.
        $150,000 Alianza Municipal de Servicios Integrados                                     Caguas        Puerto Rico Caguas, Puerto Rico
        $299,435 VOA of the Carolina's                                                         Columbia      S.C.        Raleigh, N.C.
        $100,843 Wall Street Mission dba Goodwill Industries                                   Sioux City    S.D.        Sioux City, S.D.
        $300,000 Operation Stand Down Nashville Inc.                                           Nashville     Tenn.       Nashville, Tenn.
        $300,000 American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc.                     San Antonio   Texas       Dallas/Fort Worth area including Dallas County and Tarrant County, Texas
        $300,000 Career and Recovery Resources Inc                                             Houston       Texas       Houston, Texas
        $300,000 American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc.                     San Antonio   Texas       Austin, Texas
        $300,000 American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc.                     San Antonio   Texas       City of Houston Metropolitan Statistical Area with counties of Harris, Galveston and Brazoria
        $300,000 River City Comprehensive Counseling Services                                  Richmond      Va.         Richmond, Va.
        $200,000 Center for Veterans Issues LTD                                                Milwaukee     Wis.        Six counties surrounding Milwaukee, Wis.
        $300,000 Center for Veterans Issues LTD                                                Milwaukee     Wis.        Milwaukee, Wis.
        $200,000 Volunteers of America Northern Rockies                                        Sheridan      Wyo.        Helena, and Lewis and Clark counties, Mont.

U.S. Department of Labor news materials are accessible at . The information above is available in large print, Braille or CD from the COAST office upon request by calling 202-693-7828 or TTY 202-693-7755.

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