New program focuses on helping homeless veterans find jobs

Nov 16 2016
Posted by: Staff
New program focuses on helping homeless veterans find jobs

By: Amelia Ferrell Knisely

Homeless veterans in Nashville will receive help finding employment under a new program from Volunteers of America Mid-States. The Nashville Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) will connect homeless veterans with case management, employment counseling, transportation, job training and placement. HVRP also links homeless veterans with other service providers like local housing authorities and community-based services. 

The group celebrated the launch of HVRP Nov. 15 with a ribbon cutting attended by veterans, community members, Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall and Mayor Megan Barry.

HVRP staff, many of whom are veterans, will be conducting outreach in the city to find homeless veterans. “(The staff) will visit all of the encampments and all of the locations in the community to ensure we are reaching veterans in their natural environments, and ensure we are connecting with them in a way that is very sensitive and respectful of their circumstances,” said Jennifer Hancock, President and CEO of Volunteers of America Mid-States.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor in an effort to support the federal administration's goal to end veteran homelessness. Hancock said the program will serve 220 veterans this year.

For more information about HVRP, call 615-885-2552. 

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