Rep. Jim Costa announced today that California Veterans Assistance Foundation, Inc., in Bakersfield will receive $121,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor's Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP). These funds were awarded on a competitive basis to state and local agencies and other organizations that provide assistance to reintegrate veterans into to the workforce.
"Our veterans have invaluable skills, experience, and dedication that would be tremendous assets to any business or organization," said Costa. "When they complete their tours of duty, we should be doing all we can to help get them back to work in our communities. The California Veterans Assistance Foundation provides veterans with the services and training they need to thrive once again in our workforce."
California Veterans Assistance Foundation President, Deborah Johnson, added, "CVAF is excited to bring a new employment component to homeless veteran services in Bakersfield. This new funding opportunity leads right into the national 5-year plan to end homelessness among veterans and CVAF will truly be a one-stop agency. Our programs will enable veterans to start with transitional housing, receive employment and training and obtain permanent housing. We also know that not any one program or agency can end homelessness among our nation's veterans, but through the assistance of our partners in the Kern County Homeless Collaborative, we are certainly going to try. This funding will be able to address the employment barriers a veteran has from an ID Card, Drivers License, work clothes, tools to training programs and finally job placement."
The Department of Labor announced more than $15 million in grants nationwide for the HVRP program today. The grants will allow homeless veterans to receive occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance. HVRP is the only federal program aimed to help homeless veterans find employment.