December 6, 2023
Stand Down, close to Balboa Park, in 2018. The annual occasion serves veterans with private, medical and authorized points, some associated to homelessness. Photograph by Chris Stone

Two San Diego organizations acquired federal grants to assist homeless veterans re-enter the workforce, the U.S. Division of Labor introduced Thursday.

Vietnam Veterans of San Diego acquired $500,000 as a part of a continued grant, whereas In a position-Disabled Advocacy acquired $476,000 in new funding, the labor division mentioned.

Overseen by the Veterans’ Employment and Coaching Service (VETS), the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program supplies three years price of funding to teams that assist homeless veterans or these liable to falling into homelessness.

James D. Rodriguez, VETS assistant secretary, mentioned the grants “will assist homeless veterans and people liable to being homeless safe good jobs with advantages and assist efforts centered on constructing an inclusive economic system.”

“Upholding our duty to our veterans is central to the unity agenda outlined in President Biden’s State of the Union handle,” Rodriguez added.

This system awards grants on a aggressive foundation to state and native workforce funding boards, native public companies, tribal governments and nonprofit, faith-based and group teams.

This system aids homeless or at-risk veterans in studying occupational expertise, gaining apprenticeships or embarking on on-the-job coaching. Veterans additionally might obtain job search and placement help.

On Thursday, the labor division awarded greater than $58 million to teams throughout the U.S. that assist homeless veterans.

Based on the labor division, $28 million will fund 72 new three-year grants. VETS additionally gave an extra $29 million to 87 organizations for 2 or three years’ participation in this system.

– Metropolis Information Service