The objectives of the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) through Department of Labor- Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS) are to reintegrate homeless veterans into meaningful employment in the labor force by stimulating and expanding the integrated service delivery system in local communities. Many HVRP grantees meet these challenging objectives and showcase promising best practices. These best practices, featured in the upcoming Best Practices Profiles of Employment Assistance Programs publication by NCHV, serve as a guide for program activities of other grantees and potential applicants. For organizations providing employment services to homeless veterans in non-urban areas, these best practices are especially critical when considering strategies for developing new programs, expanding existing programs, and designing start-up activities to facilitate strong outcomes from the beginning of the grant period.
On Thursday, March 29, at 3:00 p.m. EST, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) hosted a teleconference to discuss promising practices for non-urban HVRP programs. NCHV was joined by two high-achieving HVRP grantees showcased in the Best Practices Profiles of Employment Assistance Programs publication. Goodwill of the Heartland discussed program start-up and strategies to prepare veterans for placement, and Veterans Inc. discussed staff planning and the importance of partnerships within the community.