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Help for Chicago’s Homeless Veterans

June 19, 2012

More than $15 million has been set aside for homeless veterans across the country and in Chicago.

Under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, the money is being awarded through 64 grants to organizations nationwide that will provide job training to approximately 8,600 homeless veterans to help them succeed in civilian careers.

“Today, the Department of Labor is taking an important step to help homeless veterans reintegrate into the American labor force,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. 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 community organizations.

The Illinois-based 2012 Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program grantees, the area each organization services and the amount granted:

*The Inner Voice Inc.; Chicago; $300,000

*Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago; Chicago; $300,000

*Transitional Living Services Inc.; McHenry, Lake, Kane and Cook counties; $300,000

*Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois Inc.; Grundy, Henderson, Knox, Livingston, Marshall, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, Tazewell, Warren, Woodford, Ford, Champaign, Hancock, Fulton, Mason, McDonough, Bureau, LaSalle and Henry counties; $200,000

*National Able Network Inc.; Chicago; $238,000

In addition to the new grants, the Labor Department will be providing more than $19 million in funding to support HVRP, the only federal program that focuses exclusively on ensuring employment for veterans who are homeless. Under those grants, homeless veterans may receive occupational, classroom, on-the-job training, job search and placement assistance and follow-up services.

For more information on the Department of Labor’s unemployment and re-employment programs for veterans, visit dol.gov/vets.

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