06.01.11

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER 100K FOR UNITED VETERANS BEACON HOUSE OF LONG ISLAND; FUNDS WILL SUPPORT PROGRAM THAT HELPS HOMELESS VETS FIND JOBS

U.S. Department of Labor Grant for $110,000 Will Support Outreach Program That Helps Connect Homeless Vets With EmployersBeacon House Provides Job Training and Transitional, Affordable Housing to Homeless Vets, Helping Get Them Back on Their FeetSchumer: No Veteran Should Be Left Behind

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced an $110,000 U.S. Department of Labor grant for the United Veterans Beacon House based in Bay Shore, Long Island. The center, which provides transitional housing and job training to homeless veterans in Suffolk and Nassau County, will use the money to fund outreach efforts to homeless veterans at other shelters in Long Island, as well as efforts to connect these veterans to potential employers. Schumer said that this grant was essential in order to provide our heroes who have fallen on hard times with the helping hand they need to find jobs and get their lives back on track.
 
"With this funding, Long Island vets who have fallen on hard times can get a much needed helping hand," said Schumer. "By helping connect homeless veterans with local employers, this program at the United Veterans Beacon House will help make sure that our veterans, who have sacrificed so much for our country, are not left behind."
 
The United Veterans Beacon House is a nonprofit that provides transitional housing and job training to veterans in need. With fourteen locations in Nassau and Suffolk County, the center provides a drug and alcohol free environment to veterans, as well as a job training program that includes helping veterans obtain a GED and go to college and trade schools. United Veterans Beacon House is focused on helping veterans transition into living independently in the community.
 
This grant is as part of the U.S. Department of Labor's Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) that gave over $28 million to programs providing job training to veterans to help them lead successfully civilian careers. Grantees under the HVRP program coordinate their efforts with various local, state and federal social service providers.  More information on the Department of Labor's unemployment and reemployment programs for veterans can be found at www.dol.gov/vets.
 



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