Government to Give Millions to Prevent Veterans’ Homelessness

May 7, 2010 Updated: May 7, 2010

The U.S. Department of Labor is offering grants for projects that aim to prevent veterans from going homeless. The department’s Veterans' Employment and Training Service will sponsor a $4 million competition to fund at least 12 Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program grants.

The competition encourages projects designed to aid veterans, and particularly veterans who have been in prison—a population vulnerable to homelessness.

According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 23 percent of homeless people, and 33 percent of homeless men are veterans, yet the bulk of money and programs for housing support focuses on families and children.

"For veterans who have been incarcerated and are at risk of becoming homeless, a good job goes a long way to aid in rehabilitation," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis in a news release.

"This program will strengthen communities by improving career prospects for veterans who have been involved with the justice system." Specific information regarding the grant competition can be found at http://www.dol.gov/vets/