August 04, 2021

Congressman Neguse Unveils Legislation to Support Homeless Veterans With Job Training Opportunities

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Joe Neguse  introduced the Veterans Job Training Act, legislation to expand job training and placement services for homeless veterans. Specifically the legislation would reauthorize the successful Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) through 2025. Administered by the Department of Labor, the program is the only federal grant program which focuses exclusively on competitive employment for homeless veterans. The program's core objectives are to provide services to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment and to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address problems facing homeless veterans. 

“Our nation’s veterans have sacrificed so much for our country and for our freedom, we cannot let any of them fall through the cracks,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “I’m proud to unveil the Veterans Job Training Act today to provide essential job training and placement services for homeless veterans in Boulder, across Colorado and across the country. Employers want to hire our veterans, and veterans want employment where their skills and service is valued. This legislation helps make that happen. For those that have served us, we must serve them by ensuring they are equipped with the proper resources to thrive.”

“Veterans already are posed with some difficulty translating their military occupational specialties into the civilian world. When you add homelessness into the equation, we’re looking at gaps in employment and the need for mental and physical stability before a Veteran is primed for the workforce,” said Ashley Wallis, Lead Case Manager, Veterans Community Project Longmont. “Most of our Veterans want to work, but they’re experiencing barriers directly related to their homelessness. Many are interested in vocational rehab, education, or training options to break into a new field or to find a job that will allow them to survive. If there were more employment and training services specifically geared toward homeless Veterans—that weren’t contingent on their discharge status or ability to receive VA benefits—with a solid understanding of the unique barriers they face, we’d certainly see more success.”