The Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) supports local Stand Down (SD) events that assist homeless veterans by providing a wide variety of employment, social, and health services. A homeless veteran is a veteran, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(2), who is “homeless” as that term is defined at 42 U.S.C. 11302(a)-(b), as amended by the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-22). Stand Down grant funds must be used to enhance employment and training opportunities or to promote the self-sufficiency of homeless veterans through paid work. Veterans experiencing homelessness do not always have access to basic hygiene supplies necessary to maintain their health and appearance. Lack of shelter limits their ability to prepare for and present themselves at job interviews or be contacted for follow-up. Basic services such as showers, haircuts, attention to health concerns, and other collaborative services provided at SD events can give participants a greater sense of self and an opportunity to improve their chances of securing and maintaining employment.
The following organizations and entities may apply for grant funds for Stand Down events:
- State and Local Workforce Development Boards
- Veteran Service Organizations
- local public agencies
- tribal governments
- non-profit organizations including community and faith-based organizations.
Organizations registered with the Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)(4) entities are not eligible to apply for this funding opportunity.
Questions regarding a SD grant application should be referred to the personnel listed in the VETS Staff Directory - Atlanta Region.