Shea-Porter and Kuster Announce $206,000 Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Grant for Easterseals NH
WASHINGTON, DC— Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today announced that Easterseals NH will be receiving a $206,000 Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program grant from the US Department of Labor. The Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program is the only federal program that specifically focuses on providing employment services to homeless veterans. These grants help local agencies or nonprofits, such as Easterseals, provide occupational skills, apprenticeship opportunities, on-the-job training, and job search and placement assistance.
“It is heartbreaking that so many of our nation’s veterans are homeless,” said Shea-Porter. “They sacrificed for our freedom and security. We must keep our promise to them and do everything possible to end veteran homelessness. This grant will provide much needed resources to Easterseals NH, a fantastic nonprofit that provides an array of social services, including job training and placement assistance for homeless veterans. Congratulations to Larry Gammon, and the entire team at Easterseals NH, who work tirelessly every day to serve our veterans and so many people who benefit from the incredible social services they provide.”
“No veteran should live without secure housing, and empowering veterans to access stable employment is critical to addressing veteran homelessness,” said Kuster. “Easterseals does incredible work to help veterans who are struggling, and this grant will further support their efforts. Our men and women who have served in uniform sacrificed so much for us, and it’s critical that we provide comprehensive support for them as they reintegrate into civilian life, including skills training and apprenticeship programs. As a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I’ll continue to fight to enhance and expand services for our men and women who have served in uniform.”
“This work is so important to the men and women who have served our nation and do not have stable housing or are homeless,” said Larry Gammon, CEO of Easterseals NH. “This grant will allow us to continue providing critical job training and employment services to homeless veterans to help them enter and stay in the workforce. We are very appreciative and grateful for the support of Congresswomen Shea-Porter and Kuster.”
Kuster cosponsored H.R. 4451, the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act of 2018, which passed the House in May with Shea-Porter’s support. The bill extended the homeless veterans programs for five years. In addition, the legislation clarified that veterans receiving supportive housing vouchers are also eligible for job training services. Under current law, veterans who receive housing vouchers are not considered homeless and thus can cannot receive job training through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.