Two R.I. veterans organizations receive $609K in federal funding

PROVIDENCE – Two Rhode Island nonprofit organizations will receive $609,000 in federal funds to assist homeless veterans with employment opportunities and job placement, Sen. Jack F. Reed announced Friday.

  • Veterans Inc., which is headquartered in Worcester, Mass., but has office space in Pawtucket, received $309,000 to continue providing employment and training services to veterans in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.
  • Operation Stand Down Rhode Island will receive $300,000 for its workforce reintegration programs.

“While we have made improvements in addressing veteran homelessness and unemployment, there is still much work to be done. I will continue working across the aisle to deliver federal resources for our veterans that lead to good jobs and housing,” said Reed in a statement. “Both OSDRI and Veterans Inc. won these competitive grants because they have effective programs that provide veterans with job training and other supportive services and place them in viable, sustainable jobs. I commend them for their dedication to helping homeless veterans and providing them with real opportunities and a pathway to success.”

The funds for the two organization are from competitive grants through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program.

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