Sending Office: Honorable Greg Walden
Sent By:
Nolan.Ahern@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Dear Colleague:

Please join us in signing the attached letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies supporting robust funding for the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP). This program uses
federal funds to help homeless veterans secure employment and stable housing.

HVRP is the only federal nationwide program focused exclusively on the employment of veterans who are homeless. Through the program, community-based organizations, including non-profit and faith-based groups, provide job training, counseling, and placement
services to help homeless veterans reintegrate into society and the labor force. About 17,000 homeless veterans, including female veterans who represent the fastest growing segment of the homeless population, benefit each year from HVRP’s specialized employment
training and local supports.

HVRP is a prime example of effective public-private partnerships in action. The program has been an important tool in helping to decrease veterans’ homelessness by 41% since 2010 (HUD Report). The House appropriators showed great leadership and support by consistently
adding funding to the program in the Labor HHS appropriations bills, and the Administration has previously requested increases in HVRP funding. Providing robust funding for HVRP will continue to ensure that veterans who face reintegration challenges, including
unemployment and homelessness, can access these local supports.

We hope you will join us in supporting this important program. If you have any questions, please contact Nolan Ahern in Rep. Walden’s office at nolan.ahern@mail.house.gov or 202-225-6730, or Kate Chiucchini in
Rep. Rice’s office at kate.chiucchini@mail.house.gov or 202-225-5516. To sign on to the letter, please fill out this Google form by
COB on Thursday, March 15th:
https://goo.gl/forms/7EkUfiuz2WSmKkhB2

Sincerely,

Greg Walden                                                                                       Kathleen M. Rice
Member of Congress                                                                          Member of Congress

 

 

March 19, 2018

 

The Honorable Tom Cole                                           The Honorable Rosa DeLauro

Chairman                                                                     Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human             Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human

Services, Education, and Related Agencies                Services, Education, and Related Agencies

United States House of Representatives                     United States House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. 20515                                            Washington, D.C. 20515

 

As you write your appropriations bill for fiscal year 2019, we ask that you robustly fund the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) at the U.S. Department of Labor.

 

HVRP focuses on helping veterans experiencing homelessness to find, and sustain, meaningful employment and housing. Veterans receive skills training, career counseling, and resume writing assistance from local organizations funded through HVRP. Veterans
are also connected to stable housing options and other support services to help them reintegrate into the labor force and community at large.

 

In Medford, Oregon, 68 of the 95 homeless and at-risk veterans enrolled in HVRP during the last program year found jobs, with an average starting hourly wage of $12.14. In addition, the program assisted all 95 veterans by connecting them to the closest U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility for care and benefits and co-enrolling the veterans in the local American Job Center. HVRP programs like the one in southern Oregon work closely with area employers, including holding quarterly training workshops
on the benefits of hiring veterans and involving area businesses in mock job interviews and job shadowing opportunities for HVRP veterans seeking employment. For example, the Medford program established a successful relationship with Rogue Community College
and A & M Transport (a local transportation company) to have A & M Transport hire HVRP veterans who graduated from the college’s commercial driver’s license (CDL) training program, which was paid for through HVRP. This vocational training not only fills a
need in the local economy, but provides good-paying jobs for veterans in the region.

 

A similar HVRP-business partnership was successfully established in New York through a program that regularly works with area security companies to help fill in-demand security guard positions. Veterans interested in security industry careers are provided
with the training and licensing required to meet New York State standards for employment. For example, Allied Universal Security Services, a major security firm and program partner, has hired HVRP veterans for security positions at an hourly wage of $17.00.

 

HVRP annually provides employment and other support to about 16,000 at-risk veterans from across the country each year. As a result of past HVRP investments and other public-private initiatives, our country has made tremendous progress in reducing the number
of homeless veterans by more than 34,000, or 41 percent, since 2010. However, local reintegration supports are still needed in order to meet the challenges faced by homeless veterans with mental illness and other barriers, as well as to tailor services to
female veterans, the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. Robust funding for HVRP will provide these services in more communities and increase the number of veterans served.

 

We appreciate the Committee’s efforts to support the HVRP program. The $47.5 million funding level included in the FY18 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill that the Committee passed represented a significant increase over previous years, and signals
the Committee’s commitment serving this population. We fully recognize the limited resources available among the many priorities within the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill. However, we urge you to carefully consider the needs of America’s veterans
by strongly funding the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program at the Department of Labor.

 

We thank you for your consideration of this important issue.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

_____________________________                                      _____________________________ 

Greg Walden                                                                           Kathleen M. Rice

Member of Congress                                                              Member of Congress

 

 

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