National Veterans Technical Assistance Center


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Best Practices Overview

One of the primary goals of the NVTAC is to research and share best practices so that everyone learns from the field and from the literature. In 2014 we reviewed the available literature about employment interventions and outcomes for homeless veterans and we assembled a panel of experts to identify best practice elements for HVRP grantees.

Best Practices 1: Partnering with Employers for Job-Driven Training

Best Practice 1: Partnering with Employers for Job Driven Training is designed to provide you with the information and tools you need to accomplish the list below and much more.

Best Practice 2: Outreach Strategies

In the homeless assistance field, the term “outreach” usually refers specifically to street outreach offered to individuals experiencing homelessness who are not engaged in services through conventional activities.

Best Practice 3: Employment Assessments

Employment assessment or vocational assessment is ideally a holistic, client-based, ongoing process designed to incorporate information from multiple sources and approaches. As such, programs need access to multiple tools and models for employment assessment, and information about the strengths of these tools and their performance in practice settings.

Best Practice 7: Recruiting and Retaining Excellent Staff

For an HVRP to attain its highest potential and effectively help the most veterans, it is vital that it hires and retains excellent, highly qualified staff. Whether your team comprises two or 10 staff, the competency of those staff members is critical to implementing services for homeless veterans.


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VETS Monthly Employment Overview – August 2016

The Veterans’ Employment & Training Service’s (VETS) monthly Veteran Employment Update is a review of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly Economic News Release. The update includes unemployment information by veteran status, gender, and post-9/11 Era service, as well as state-by-state data and growth of industry sectors nationwide. Also included are graphs showing unemployment trends over the last 24 months. (more…)

WIOA Veterans Final Rule Fact Sheet

DOL provides information about how the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act impacts veterans and spouses. In this announcement, DOL describes “Priority o Service for Veterans” as well as the implications under WIOA for serving separated service members and military spouses with dislocated worker funds. (more…)

US DOL-VETS’ Dr. Nancy Glowacki Discusses Women Veterans Initiatives at DAV Convention

“I was very pleased to be featured Tuesday in a two-hour Women Veterans Seminar during the 95th DAV Convention.”

Dr. Nancy Glowacki gave an overview of women Veteran employment statistics and employment assistance programs at the Department of Labor (DOL). (more…)

Virtual Learning Class for New HVRP Staff

This VLC will prepare new HVRP staff, particularly those from new grantees, for the challenges of helping homeless veterans enter and remain in the workforce. Participants will have the opportunity to learn best practices and meet their colleagues from programs across the country. (more…)

OPM Issues Proposed Rule for “Disabled Veteran Leave”

On June 6, 2016, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015 (Public Law No. 114-75), which establishes a new leave category for federal employees known as “disabled veteran leave.” (more…)

Just Released From USICH

USICH has released an updated version of 10 Strategies to End Veteran Homelessness based on lessons learned from the communities that have successfully ended veteran homelessness. (more…)

Earned Income Disregard (EID)

HUD’s Final Rule on Streamlining Administrative Regulations for Housing Programs Includes Work Incentive for Tenants (more…)

VETS’ Implementation of the Final Rule

On March 31, 2016, nine agencies published a final rule to provide new religious liberty protections for beneficiaries of federally funded social service programs, and added protections for the ability of religious providers to compete for government funds on the same basis as any other private organization. The final rule becomes effective thirty days following publication or April 30, 2016. (more…)

Agencies Issue Final Rule Extending New Religious Liberty Protections to Beneficiaries

A White House blog provides information on how agencies are implementing the final rule to provide new religious liberty protections for beneficiaries of federally-funded social service programs. (more…)

Upcoming NVTAC Webinars

Join us for these important upcoming webinars:

  • Serving Women Veterans and Veterans Fleeing Domestic Violence, January 7, 2:00 pm EST
  • Stand Down Development, January 13, 2:00 pm EST
  • Stand Down Financing, January 21, 2:00 EST
New Report on Veteran Incarceration

In December the Bureau of Justice Statistics released a Special Report: Veterans in Prison and Jail, 2011–12.   (more…)

Welcome Mike Michaud, the New Assistant Secretary of VETS

Mike Michaud was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate to be the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans Employment and Training. He was sworn in on December 2, 2015. (more…)

How To Hire A Military Veteran. And Why You Should.

Have you ever thought about hiring a military veteran for your company, but stopped there? If so, you’re not alone. Like many of us, you may not know how to source the best match for your organization. Or you may want to save time and hire through your usual channels. Don’t. Unless you expand your hiring scope, you’re missing out on an opportunity to build a stronger, more competitive company culture. It’s time to start thinking proactively about veterans every day of the year, and not just on Veterans Day.   (more…)

Grants to Help Once-Incarcerated Veterans Return to Work and Avoid Homelessness

Department of Labor announces $1.5 million to serve more than 650 vets in six states

 WASHINGTON — Supporting the president’s goal to eliminate homelessness among U.S. military veterans, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service today (September 23) announced the award of $1.5 million in grants to help once-incarcerated veterans considered “at risk” of becoming homeless. (more…)

New Report Released on Employment for People Experiencing or At-risk of Homelessness

USICH, DOL, HUD, and the Butler Family Fund are pleased to release a new report with tips for how communities can increase access to good jobs for people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. (more…)

Employment Services for Homeless Veterans: An Online Webinar Training Series

Webinar recordings available from DOL, NVTI series 

The Department of Labor (DOL), National Veterans Training Institute (NVTI) and the NVTAC at the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans have developed a series of webinars supporting employment for homeless veterans. (more…)

Good News for Veterans Seeking Discharge Upgrades

Vietnam-era veterans who have dealt with the consequences of getting a less than honorable discharge could now receive certain benefits.

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Open for Business: The VA’s Homeless Veterans Community Employment Services

The VA established the Homeless Veterans Community Employment Services (HVCES) in October 2014 and has hired more than 120 Community Employment Coordinators (CEC) for homeless Veterans at VAMCs across the country.

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  • A Battle on the Homefront: Justice-Involved Veterans Seeking Employment (9/15/2016) - Written by the NVTAC Blogger Lines are drawn On one hand, when hiring employees with criminal records, employers are worried about their risk of negligent hiring if they fail to do their due diligence in investigating the applicant’s background. An injured party can make a claim against an employer based on the notion that the […]
  • Coordination Would Go A Long Way to Increasing Access to State VR for Homeless Veterans with Disabilities (8/10/2016) - Written by the NVTAC Blogger We all want to end veteran homelessness, and securing employment for veterans is a vital step in achieving this goal. Employment can be difficult to secure, particularly when a homeless veteran is disabled. So an important step in ending veteran homelessness is for organizations serving veterans and those serving the […]
  • Preventing Veteran Suicide is a Responsibility for Us All (9/30/2015) - September 30, 2015 Written by the NVTAC Blogger Veteran suicide concerns us all. In 2012 alone, 6,500 former military personnel committed suicide, and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs study released in 2013 (covering suicides from 1999 to 2010), showed that roughly 22 veterans were committing suicide each day, or 1 every 65 minutes. […]
  • Ending Veteran Homelessness, or Functional Zero? (6/26/2015) - June 26, 2015 Written by the NVTAC Blogger Last month it was announced that another city “effectively ended veteran homelessness,” according to its Mayor. This builds on the momentum toward the goal of ending veteran homelessness by December 31, 2015. Department of Labor Secretary, Thomas E. Perez reflected on the announcement saying, “Homeless veterans face […]
  • The NVTAC Blog (3/18/2015) - Join the conversation, read ‘The NVTAC Blog’ and let us know your comments! Each blog will address topics of interest to the HVRP community and feature the experiences and opinions from HVRPs and stakeholders. We’d like to hear what you think. Let us know your ideas. Joe Manney at Advocates for Human Potential acts as […]
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