June 28 at 6:12am

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $300,000 Grant to Interfaith’s Veterans Assistance of San Diego

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Service announced yesterday that Veterans Assistance of San Diego, a division of Interfaith Community Services, has been awarded a $300,000 grant to provide local veterans with job training, job placement, housing and other services through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.

In an official statement released on the Department of Labor website, acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris said, “Military service members and their families have been asked to make tremendous sacrifices for this nation. Although homelessness among veterans has fallen, too many of our heroes cannot find jobs or homes. These grants will provide those who have served our nation with the means to find meaningful civilian employment and chart new directions for their lives.”

A total of 121 grants were made to veterans agencies across the nation, totaling nearly $29 million. The grant awarded to Veterans Assistance of San Diego was the largest local grant, and the only local grant given with the possibility of a three year extension, making it potentially $1.2 million worth of assistance for San Diego veterans over the next four years.

With this grant we will be able to help hundreds of veterans find employment leading to their self development and independent living.”

“This grant comes at a crucial time for veterans in San Diego,” stated Richard Batt, CEO of Interfaith Community Services. “San Diego has the second largest veterans population in the State. More and more are being discharged every day, and many of those struggle to reintegrate with civilian life. With this grant we will be able to help hundreds of veterans find employment leading to their self development and independent living.”

Veterans Assistance of San Diego is a division of Interfaith Community Services. Interfaith provides a wide range of programs to help hungry, homeless, and low-income people throughout North San Diego County. Programs include food and basic needs, shelters and housing, employment services, family and social services, children and youth programs, senior services, veterans assistance, and addiction recovery. Each program is designed to “help people help themselves,” by empowering individuals to regain self-sufficiency. The agency has an annual budget of $10.4 million and employs 160 persons.