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BEST PRACTICES


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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Best Practices 6: Helping Veterans Find Housing

Although HVRP is an employment program, ending homelessness among veterans requires that every veteran have a home, preferably a permanent place to call home. The employment services HVRP provides help veterans afford housing and contribute to their stability in permanent housing. Because housing is so important, HVRP staff must concern themselves with access to housing, as well as partnering with housing staff either internally in an HVRPs’ own organization or externally with housing agencies in their community.
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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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Best Practices 8: Measuring Outcome

In Best Practice (BP) #10, we review relevant research evidence to inform population-tailored practices, outline tips for successful service deliver, and offer resources and cool tools. You can learn from your peers by watching “At Your Service” video clips, in which HVRP staff members talk about their best approaches to serving veteran groups. Of course, we welcome your comments and suggestions for best practices in serving particular subpopulations of veterans who are homeless.
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Best Practice 10: Services to Specific Target Populations

In Best Practice (BP) #10, we review relevant research evidence to inform population-tailored practices, outline tips for successful service deliver, and offer resources and cool tools. You can learn from your peers by watching “At Your Service” video clips, in which HVRP staff members talk about their best approaches to serving veteran groups. Of course, we welcome your comments and suggestions for best practices in serving particular subpopulations of veterans who are homeless.
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News

News
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Are today’s disabled veterans less likely to work than disabled veterans of the past?

December 2, 2016 – The results of a recent report by the BLS, The Labor supply of Veterans with Disabilities 1995-2014 suggests that the decline in employment and labor force participation of disabled veterans is largely a function of age and the increased prevalence of severe disability rather than a changing propensity for work. In short, the veterans’ disability system does not discourage employment any differently than in the past.

VETS Monthly Employment Overview for November 2016

December 2, 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

Using the Federal Bonding Program to help HVRP veterans Webinar, Dec 15, 2016 2PM Eastern Time

The Federal Bonding Program (FBP) is a national resource through the U.S. Department of Labor that provides employers a job-hire incentive that guarantees the job honesty of at-risk job seekers. A recent survey of a small sample of HVRPs across the country found that 70% of the programs know about the FBP, but only one has helped a homeless veteran make use of a bond to secure employment. What is your experience? In this webinar we provide an overview of the FBP, talk about the experience in Florida where last year 350 Bonds were approved. Lastly we will explore ways to effectively use the FBP with HVRP participants.

 Trainers:

Tom Villanova, Union Insurance Group

 Nikki Brown, FL Bond Coordinator Department of Economic Opportunity

 Facilitator:

John Rio, MA, CRC, NVTAC

Virtual Course on HVRP & Social Enterprises

November 23, 2016 – NVTAC and REDF have teamed up to offer HVRP grantees a virtual training course on HVRPs and Social Enterprise and how these can be integrated to meet the goal of employing more homeless veterans. Co-led by experienced faculty Nicholas Royston, REDF and Ian Lisman, NVTAC, This course is intended for HVRPs that either currently operate a social enterprise and grantees who are contemplating the possible addition of a social enterprise to their organization, as well as others who want to increase their knowledge of how social enterprises can help homeless veterans improve their employment prospects through social enterprises. Sign up today as space is limited!

Project Place HVRP Helps Veterans Working for a Second Chance

November 10, 2016 – Read the U.S. Department of Labor Blog about how Polly Hanson, Director of Client Services at Project Place in Boston, met with Omar Davis, a Navy veteran, and discussed how the agency’s HVRP services could help him get back to work after his incarceration.

SSA and VA Connect to Help Veterans with Disabilities

November 10, 2016 – A recent blog in Social Security Matters, The Social Security Administration (SSA) and the U. S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) described a new initiative to improve services to Veterans and their dependents who apply for Social Security disability benefits. This partnership allows for the expedited processing of disability cases.

VETS Monthly Employment Overview for October 2016

November 4, 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

Philanthropy and the Future of Work

November 4, 2016 – A new paper from the Aspen Institute, titled Philanthropy and the Future of Work: Dimensions of Change and Opportunities for Action, addresses challenges related to the future of work that are facing philanthropic leaders interested in connecting economically vulnerable individuals and families to opportunities for advancement through work. The paper draws from a series of interviews conducted with more than a dozen philanthropic leaders, revealing their ideas about the future of work and several approaches they are investing in or considering.

Justice Department Files Brief to Address the Use of Criminal Background Checks by Housing Providers

October 20, 2016 – The Justice Department Press Release describes its recently filed statement of interest arguing that the Fair Housing Act (FHA) requires that landlords who consider criminal records in evaluating prospective tenants not use overly broad generalizations that disproportionately disqualify people based on a legally protected characteristic, such as race or national origin. The case was brought by the Fortune Society, a New York City-based provider that helps formerly incarcerated individuals find housing and jobs.

VETS Monthly Employment Overview for September 2016

October 17, 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.

CEC Partnership

October 17, 2016 – There is a Community Employment Coordinator  (CEC) at nearly every VA Medical Center as part of the Homeless Veterans Community Employment Program. Here is a story about how one CEC in Alabama helped his veterans.

Central City Concern

Housing, healthcare and employment! A new collaboration in Portland, OR will support Central City Concern’s efforts to create opportunities in the City, including the development of 155 units of workforce housing.  Read the article here: Central City Concern

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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Events


FROM OUR BLOG

  • In Honor of Veterans Day (11/4/2016) - Written by the NVTAC Blogger On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in the year 1919, guns stopped firing, and the “Great War” ended. That was the day the Allies and the Germans signed the armistice that ended “the war to end all wars”; the day was declared the First […]
  • 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 […]
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