The United States Department of Labor awarded more than $43 million in grants to provide employer-driven training and support reintegration of homeless veterans.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced Monday the award of $43.3 million in grants through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service to provide training to an estimated 21,000 homeless veterans to help them reintegrate into the American workforce. The department’s 2017 award will fund 155 grants in its Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program.

“The grants we announced today will help thousands of homeless veterans to acquire the skills they need to obtain good-paying jobs and reintegrate themselves into a society whom they defended and served,” Secretary Acosta said.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, funds are being awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce development boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, tribal governments and faith-based and community organizations.

Homeless veterans may receive occupational skills, apprenticeship opportunities, on-the-job training as well as job search and placement assistance.

Out of the 155 grant recipients, 74 are first-time recipients that will provide services to homeless veterans in 40 U.S. states.

Grantees under the HVRP program will network and coordinate their efforts through various private and public social service providers.

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