Southwest Economic Solutions
Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP)

Our Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP) helps homeless vets find meaningful employment so that they can be productive members of the community. HVRP is funded by the federal Department of Labor. The program assists homeless vets with resources, vocational training and job opportunities. Please note: Our HVRP is currently in its analysis stage and is not taking any new referrrals.




HVRP offers a broad range of training and employment services. They include:

  • Skills assessment
  • Classroom training
  • Job search activities
  • Job preparation
  • On-the-job training
  • Job placement
  • Help with transportation, clothing and work equipment needs
  • Placement follow-up services
  • Vocational counseling

We work with numerous partners in the community to deliver these services. These partners include businesses, training programs, educational institutions, human service organizations, veterans-serving agencies, government, and others.

In addition to helping individuals gain employment, our HVRP program connects them to the educational, counseling and support services they may need.

In July, 2014, SWES received a second HVRP grant that will allow us to serve many more veterans. To learn more about HVRP, call Maureen Sheahan at 313-841-9641 x.385 or email her.

Employers interested in employing veterans can call Nykel Dix, HVRP Job Developer, at 313-841-9641 x.380.

Homeless veterans interested in assistance with housing and employment are encouraged to call our HVRP Specialist Claudia Edmonson at the Piquette Square office, 313-874-7014 x.340, or at the Southwest Economic Solutions office, 313-841-9641 x.376



  • Our HVRP initiative began in July 2010
  • HVRP served 73 veterans in 2013 and assisted 26 of them to find employment
  • Program has served 307 veterans and placed 134 in jobs in the past three years (2010 - 2013)
  • The average wage for those placed into jobs is higher than minimum wage

To help homeless veterans take advantage and make the most of our program, our HVRP model includes outreach, pre-enrollment assessment, job training, job development, obtaining employer commitments to hire, and post-placement follow-up service.

To be eligible for HVRP services, an individual must be homeless and a veteran.

  • A "homeless" individual is someone who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This term includes persons whose primary nighttime residence is either a supervised public or private shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations; an institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized; or a private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
  • A "veteran" is a person who served in the active U.S. military, naval or air service, and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.


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