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SPOKANE VETERANS: Murray Announces Local Investment to Help Veterans Find Work, Avoid Homelessness

Jun 28 2010

Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest awarded $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor to help local veterans at risk of becoming homeless

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest (GIIN) in Spokane will receive $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor to support veterans who have been released from incarceration and are at risk of homelessness. The grant will help local veterans by providing them job training and placement, access to housing, and other critical services. The grant is being awarded under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service’s Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program (IVTP).

“This investment will help Spokane veterans get back on their feet, back on the job, and back on track,” said Senator Patty Murray. “Veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country deserve our support as they work to turn their lives around. This investment will allow Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest to continue providing local veterans with the opportunity to contribute to their communities and to our economy.”

“Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest is honored to receive the Incarcerated Veterans Transitions Program grant to serve the Spokane Area,” said Kathy Haugland, Re-Entry Program Manager, Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest. “Goodwill has a long history proudly serving our veterans and those struggling to re-enter our community. Services of this grant are consistent with our mission statement  of ‘helps people build independence within the communities we serve.’”

Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest will use this grant to help local veterans with services such as: job training and placement, case management, access to housing, and connecting individuals to VA services and/or other community services as needed.   The project also includes the implementation of an Advisory Council to assist GIIN and its partners with the process.  The Advisory Committee will be comprised of local representatives from both the partnering and community agencies in the Spokane area. 

Senator Murray is a leader in the Senate in fighting for resources to support our veterans, help them find jobs, and make sure they have a place to call home. Last week, Senator Murray spoke on the Senate floor urging her colleagues to support her Homeless Women Veterans and Homeless Veterans with Children Act; a bill designed to expand assistance and increase funding to address the challenges faced by homeless women veterans and homeless veterans with children. In April, she introduced the Veterans Employment Act of 2010, which would improve training, skills transition, education, and small business assistance programs for veterans.