"Stand Down: Program Planning and Financing"
July 11, 2012
Throughout the past 25 years, Stand Down events around the country have provided a hand up to homeless veterans seeking to reintegrate into society. These outreach events provide immediate access to community partners who offer employment resources, legal services, and connections to housing and other resources. Every year, hundreds of organizations partner with local businesses, government agencies, and community- and faith-based service providers to host one- to three-day Stand Downs. With financial support from the U.S. Department of Labor-Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS), organizations hosting Stand Downs can more thoroughly prepare homeless veterans for their transition into employment.
In order to promote effective and efficient Stand Downs events, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) held two separate teleconferences on Stand Down history and program structure (June 26) and on program planning and financing (July 11).
Planning and executing a successful Stand Down requires effective program planning and budgeting. On Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. EDT, NCHV hosted the second of two teleconferences on Stand Down, focusing specifically on the DOL-VETS solicitation for grant applications, fundraising and budget planning. Baylee Crone, NCHV Director of Technical Assistance, was joined by experienced Stand Down organizers to discuss program development and budgeting. Ample time was left at the end of this call for questions and comments. State workforce agencies, state and local workforce investment boards, veterans service organizations (VSOs), local public agencies, and nonprofit organizations that anticipate applying for Stand Down funds are encouraged to review this information.