The US Department of Labor has awarded Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati a $504,144, three-year grant to provide job training, counseling, and placement services for homeless veterans or veterans at risk of becoming homeless in Hamilton County. The grant was awarded through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP). It is the only federal grant focused exclusively on competitive employment for homeless veterans.
"The factors behind veteran homelessness are complex and are only made worse with the instability created by the coronavirus pandemic,” said Pam Green, President and CEO of Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati. “This HVRP grant will allow Easterseals to reach more of these men and women who served our country with honor and now need someone they can count on to ensure they are not left behind as civilians.”
More than 900 veterans are experiencing homelessness in Greater Cincinnati according to data from the US Census and Department of Housing and Urban Development. Easterseals Military & Veteran Services currently works with the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, the Hamilton County Veterans Court, and other social service agencies for outreach to homeless veterans and to provide supportive services for a successful transition into employment.
The Easterseals service delivery model aligns with the dual purposes of HVRP: to provide services to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment in the labor force; and to stimulate the development of effective systems that will address the complex problems facing homeless veterans.
Easterseals Military & Veteran Services, which is primarily funded through philanthropic support, takes a holistic approach to serving veterans who face barriers to sustainable employment. These barriers often include service-related disabilities, prior substance abuse, lack of reliable transportation, healthcare, and childcare.
Each veteran served by Easterseals through the HVRP grant will receive individualized case management and job development services. A comprehensive assessment will be performed to determine eligibility and identify immediate needs. An Individual Employment Plan will then be developed based on strengths and talents to set career goals.
Easterseals works with more than 200 businesses and community partners throughout Greater Cincinnati to provide veterans with academic instruction, career training, and employment placement for the region’s most in-demand jobs. Veterans served through HVRP will receive 12 months of follow-up services to ensure long-term success in employment.
Recognizing the growing needs of veterans returning to Greater Cincinnati from service in Afghanistan and Iraq, Easterseals affirmed its commitment to serving the veteran population in 2012 with support from the Farmer Family Foundation and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr., / US Bank Foundation. Easterseals has delivered more than $11 million dollars in total benefits to the region’s veterans to date, including providing emergency support to more than 3,000 veterans and placing more than 850 veterans in employment.
For more information about Easterseals Military & Veteran Services, visit EastersealsVeterans.org. Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati is a United Way Agency Partner and official veteran services provider for the United Way 211 community support request line.