Community-Based Employment Service for Homeless Veterans
Stable, Long-term Employment A Key Step To End Veteran Homelessness
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs today announced a new employment program aimed
at helping job-ready Veterans exiting homelessness, and those on the brink of homelessness, gain stable and long-term employment.
new program, Homeless Veteran Community Employment Services (HVCES), relies on Community Employment Coordinators (CECs) who
know their communities and can work with local employers to identify suitable jobs based on a Veteran’s skills and abilities.
long-term, stable and fulfilling employment is important for Veterans who are exiting homelessness or are at-risk of becoming
homeless,” said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald. “We know that finding gainful employment can change the life
of a Veteran. This new program is a key component of the overall strategy to prevent and end Veteran homelessness.”
VA Medical Center (VAMC) will have a dedicated CEC who will be responsible for connecting homeless and at-risk Veterans to
appropriate VA and community-based employment services. The goal is to establish relationships with employers who may be able
to hire Veterans while VA provides the necessary support services to ensure each Veteran’s transition back into the
workforce is successful.
CECs also will work with existing VA employment programs and local workforce development organizations
to identify other employment-related resources for this subset of the Veteran population. Veterans exiting homelessness offer
a diverse skillset that is applicable to many different fields and leadership roles within organizations. VA offers
a variety of wraparound services including health care, housing assistance and other VA supports to increase the likelihood
of on-the-job success.
Employers who are interested in hiring a job–ready Veteran exiting homelessness should contact
a local CEC who can work with them to find local Veteran candidates with applicable skillsets. Visit www.va.gov/homeless/cec-contacts.asp for a list of the CECs in your local area.
More information about VA’s homeless programs is available at www.va.gov/homeless. If you know a Veteran who is homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless, refer him or her to a local VAMC, where
homeless coordinators are ready to help. Veterans and their families can also call 1-877-4AID-VET to get connected to VA services.
Also, see your VSO for more details or call 1-800-827-1000.