JOHNSTON, RI – In an effort to help homeless veterans get back on their feet
and re-integrate into the workforce, U.S. Senator Jack Reed today announced
that two Rhode Island organizations will receive over $600,000 to assist
homeless veterans with employment opportunities and job placement.
Operation Stand Down Rhode Island (OSDRI) and Veterans, Inc. will both receive
competitive federal grants from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Homeless
Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) to provide occupational training, job-placement
assistance, and other key employment services.
OSDRI, a private, non-profit organization that
provides a range of services that promote housing stability among eligible,
low-income veterans and their families, will receive $300,000 for its workforce
reintegration programs. Since 1993, OSDRI has provided Rhode Island
veterans with comprehensive services and has used HRVP funding to help homeless
veterans address barriers to employment and assist with the transition to
Headquartered in Massachusetts, with office
space in Pawtucket, Veterans Inc. is receiving $309,000 to continue providing
employment and training services to veterans in Rhode Island and Southeastern
Massachusetts. Veterans Inc. focuses on the “total veteran,”
incorporating job training and employment assistance, health care, and
supportive services such as transportation and legal aid.
“While we have made improvements in addressing
veteran homelessness and unemployment, there is still much work to be
done. I will continue working across the aisle to deliver federal
resources for our veterans that lead to good jobs and housing,” said Senator
Reed, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee. “Both OSDRI and
Veterans Inc. won these competitive grants because they have effective programs
that provide veterans with job-training and other supportive services and place
them in viable, sustainable jobs. I commend them for their dedication to
helping homeless veterans and providing them with real opportunities and a
pathway to success.”
Senator Reed helped secure more than $240
million for veterans employment and training programs in the FY2018 Departments
of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
Appropriations Bill to support employment services to transitioning
servicemembers and veterans.
According to the Rhode Island Office of
Veterans Affairs 2017 Annual Report, there were 65,470 Veterans living in Rhode
Island in 2017.