More Help For Homeless Veterans In And Around Everett

Jun 22, 2017 Issues: Veterans

My Everett News: More Help For Homeless Veterans In And Around Everett

Good news from the folks at Workforce Snohomish in south Everett as word is they have received a grant of a quarter million dollars to continue and expand programs for homeless veterans in our area. Here’s the information…

Workforce Snohomish has received $277,511 to provide homeless Snohomish County veterans job training and support services to assist their reintegration into the American workforce. The Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP), funded through the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service program, provides outreach and services to homeless veterans countywide. A comprehensive referral and support network has been established comprised of housing providers, local veterans groups, faith-based organizations, libraries, community colleges, and other community organizations.

The Snohomish County HVRP initiative includes two veteran-focused Employment Navigators located in the Serve Center at WorkSource Snohomish County in Everett. These navigators provide in-depth employment assessments, identify appropriate workforce services, and create individualized employment plans. Homeless veterans who may need additional time or resources to re-engage in the workforce may participate in on-the-job training, specialized placements, or part-time jobs. Funds are also available for education, training, support services, and a one-day Stand Down event that provides “one-stop” access to various community social services specific to veterans.

Workforce Snohomish was the recipient of a successful three year HVRP grant that is slated to end June 30, 2017. “We are thrilled that we are able to continue this program for our homeless veteran population,” stated Erin Monroe, CEO of Workforce Snohomish. “This is an unparalleled opportunity to continue bringing veterans out of homelessness and into self-sufficiency.” The new funding also includes specialized outreach to incarcerated veterans.

“Workforce Snohomish has given hundreds of homeless veterans a path towards economic prosperity. I was proud to support Workforce Snohomish’s grant to target, recruit, and assist even more veterans to help them overcome complex barriers to housing and economic stability,” said Senator Maria Cantwell. Senator Patty Murray, Representative Rick Larsen, Representative Suzan DelBene and Senator Cantwell all supported the application from Workforce Snohomish.

Workforce Snohomish invests government and private funding to continuously increase the global competiveness and prosperity of our businesses and workforce, to fill current and emerging jobs, and to provide full employment.

Investments are made through effective business, labor, educational, community based, and service provider organizations for the opportunity, economic well-being, and benefit, and benefit of our entire community.

If you know of a veteran in Everett needing services please contact Jon Frodema at 425-921-3460.

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