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How can my business help homeless veterans?
Depending on your strategic plan and goals of your business, there are several ways you can help homeless veterans. These include:

  • Planning a company volunteer day with a community organization
  • Starting a homeless veterans’ hiring initiative
  • Donating products, excess inventory or other in-kind goods to a community organization
  • Donating money to a community organization
  • Starting an employee giving program

NCHV will gladly assist you in determining and developing the best method for your particular business.

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How would the Corporate Connection help my business and employees?
The Corporate Connection centralizes the various sources of information on homeless veterans and posts only information critical to businesses to engage in the 5-year campaign to end homelessness. It also provides NCHV’s expertise and 23 years of experience to benefit your business and further your goals.

The Corporate Connection highlights the financial, social, and environmental benefits of working with your local community organization. This can include hiring homeless veterans to donating excess inventory.

Donating products to charities provides tax savings, reduces waste in landfills, helps control excess inventory, and provides relief for people in need. Further positives for the business include:

  • Product donations can provide the same image enhancement benefits as marketing and advertising programs and at a lower cost.
  • Companies that engage in product philanthropy avoid fees and negative branding implications associated with disposal of excess inventory.
  • Product donation is superior to liquidation in most circumstances.

Benefits also accrue to employees and the regulatory environment for a business when involved in a donation program. Research shows:

  • Donation programs can enhance a business’s corporate image and attract new talent, customers, and investors.
  • Employees demonstrate greater commitment to employers they view as socially responsible – higher attendance, lower turnover, and higher workplace performance.
  • Governments have been shown to support socially responsible businesses with faster tracking of zoning and building plans, as well as reduced EPA and OSHA citations.

These are just a few of the ways the Corporate Connection and NCHV can assist your business in the campaign to end veteran homelessness. Please click here to read our brief, “Making the Business Case: Improving Your Bottom Line by Helping Our Veterans.”

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What organizations are in my community?
NCHV has a searchable database where you can locate a community organization in your area. Please contact the local organization or check out their website for additional information. If you do not find an organization in your area or one that fits your philanthropy goals, please contact NCHV for further assistance.

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How do the community organizations serve veterans?
NCHV members provide the full continuum of care: emergency shelter, food, clothing, physical and mental health services, legal aid, employment training and placement assistance, and transitional housing programs. Many of these organizations are familiar with collaboration with federal and state agencies; community-based service providers; and civic, charitable and faith-based organizations.

Each community organization in your area may do any or all of the activities described above. In addition, some organizations may offer their own unique programs to assist homeless veterans. Please contact NCHV for additional information.

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In lieu of financial benefits, what are the business incentives to donate to community organizations?
Donation programs can enhance a business’s corporate image and attract new talent, customers, and investors. Also, media coverage of product donation programs is an affordable method to complement current marketing strategies.

Employees demonstrate greater commitment to employers they view as socially responsible. Research has shown that employees which identify with their employers have higher attendance, lower turnover, and higher workplace performance.

Furthermore, governments have been shown to support socially responsible businesses with faster tracking of zoning and building plans, as well as reduced EPA and OSHA citations.

Additional information on this research can be found here.

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How do I start a veterans hiring initiative?
The Department of Labor has created a hiring veterans toolkit that has been designed to assist and educate employers who want to include veterans and wounded warriors in their recruitment and hiring initiatives. Featuring a straightforward six-step process, it pinpoints helpful tools and outlines important steps to take when designing a veterans hiring initiative.

In addition, The White House – in collaboration with small businesses and organizations throughout the country – has prepared A Guide to Hiring Veterans. This manual outlines guidelines for receiving tax credits, accessing recruitment resources and seeking other information on hiring, training, retaining and supporting veterans in the workforce. The guide answers common questions such as how to locate and hire veterans, how to accommodate employees with disabilities and how to address veterans’ psychological and mental health concerns.

In addition, the Department of Labor provides funding through state employment agencies and community organizations to assist homeless veterans in their job search. The Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) and the Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) will gladly assist your business in finding the right veteran for the position. Please click here to locate the DVOP/LVER serving your area.

For additional support, contact NCHV.

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What are the financial incentives to hire homeless veterans?
The work opportunity tax credit (WOTC) program provides tax credits to employers who hire qualified job seekers from one of the nine groups eligible under the program, including disabled veterans.  An employer can earn up to a $9,600 tax credit by hiring those most in need of employment at the same time assisting those who have served our country.

For hiring a veteran... An employer gets...
unemployed for at least four weeks a $2,400 credit on wages of $6,000
unemployed for at least six months a $5,600 credit on wages of $14,000

with a service-connected disability and unemployed for at least six months

a $9,600 credit on $24,000 of wages
with a service-connected disability less than one year after having been discharged or released from active duty a $4,800 credit on $12,000 of wages

To apply, employers need only complete two single-page forms and mail them to their state’s WOTC Coordinator:

  1. IRS form 8850. This form must be mailed to the employer’s state workforce agency no later than the 28th day after the job applicant begins work.
  2. U.S. Department of Labor form ETA 9061. If the new employee has not been conditionally certified, the employer and/or the new employee must complete, sign and date ETA Form 9061.

***For a practical explanation on how to apply and use the WOTC, please visit The Value of a Veteran.

The IRS has a page dedicated to frequently asked questions on using the WOTC.

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Where do I find qualified veterans to hire?
There are military-specific and other sources where you can find qualified veterans:

  • Military placement firms
  • Military job boards
  • Military career fairs
  • Military publications
  • Military professional associations
  • Military post/base transition centers
  • Local National Guard and Reserve units
  • College Campuses
  • Government Resources
  • Social networking sites

Visit our Employment Resources for further information. Contact NCHV for additional support.

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How does the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) work?
The purpose of the Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP) is to provide services to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force.

Organizations who serve as grantees provide an array of services utilizing a case management approach that directly assists homeless veterans as well as provide critical linkages for a variety of supportive services available in their local communities. Job placement, training, job development, career counseling, resume preparation, are among the services that are provided.

Please click here to locate the closest program serving your area. If you have any questions concerning the HVRP program, please contact NCHV.

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How can I better understand military culture and lingo?
The Department of Defense has created a website where you can learn more about the military, its culture, tradition, and its footprint in your community. 

Additionally, a military cultural tutorial will help you gain a basic knowledge regarding the values, structure, policies and expectations of the military. The workshop takes around 45 minutes to complete and will enhance your ability to understand, communicate and effectively interact with military members and their families.

For hiring managers, effectively understanding how military skills can translate to your job categories is a vital step towards effectively hiring veterans in your workplace. Two websites can help you determine how military careers, ratings and experience can translate to meet civilian certification and license requirements:

Also, O*NET OnLine offers a Military to Civilian Crosswalk that may help you improve your veterans outreach by targeting specific Military Occupational Classification codes that relate to civilian positions.

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What websites and resources are available to assist me?
For background information on homeless veterans, please visit our Knowledge section. For information on employment resources, visit here. For a list of resources for volunteering and donation options, please visit here.

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