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For Immediate Release

CEO of Easterseals Testifies on Behalf of Homeless Veterans

On Thursday, January 18, the new President and CEO of Easterseals, Inc., Angela Williams, began her tenure with gusto. She testified before the U.S. House Veterans Affairs’ Subcommittees on Health and Economic Opportunity on our nation’s strategy to reduce veteran homelessness.

Picture of CEO Angela Williams and Rep. Brad Wenstrup

Williams was invited to discuss Easterseals’ expertise in serving homeless and at-risk veterans through U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) and other federal programs aimed at reducing veteran homelessness.

Williams shared the on-the-ground experiences and success stories from the Easterseals affiliates who operate HVRP grants, including Easterseals serving Greater Cincinnati. In 2015, Easterseals serving Greater Cincinnati received a $300,000 HVRP grant from the Department of Labor. Based on its performance in the initial year of the grant, they were awarded an additional $103,000 in 2016. Overall, Easterseals Veteran Services has delivered total benefits of $9.4 million to Greater Cincinnati veterans since 2014.

During the hearing, Williams described recommendations to help strengthen federal programs to make them more effective. These recommendations included:

  1. Support full funding and a long-term extension of HVRP.
  2. Expand eligibility of HVRP services.
  3. Increase HVRP grant size to provide dedicated resources for retention and other services.
  4. Include greater HVRP flexibility to better match the needs of veterans.
  5. Expand early access to community care coordination to address veteran reintegration needs.

The hearing was held at 10 a.m. on January 18. See the full testimony here.

Easterseals also recently launched a partnership with CVS Health to benefit veterans. Learn more.

 

 

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