The District of Columbia Housing Authority recently received a grant to support services and programs offered to veterans.
The $7,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will be used for the annual Veterans Appreciation Day being held on November 10 at the University of the District of Columbia’s Student Center. The event offers a variety of services, housing options, and employment opportunities to veterans in the area, including DCHA’s veteran customers who hold Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers. The event also has expanded to include veterans who live in the District, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, and the city of Alexandria. Organizers hope to serve up to 800 veterans.
“Because 95 percent of our VASH customers are already housed, this year we are focusing a lot of our efforts on employment,” said Cheryl Robinson, deputy director of DCHA’s voucher program. “In preparation for the appreciation day, DCHA is hosting a day-long pre-employment workshop for 100 veterans who are work able.”
The workshop, which will be held on October 21 at DCHA headquarters, will include resume writing, classes on networking, and tips on dressing for success. In addition, D.C.’s Department of Employment Services will introduce several apprenticeship programs that will be available at the November 10 event.
Building on the success of previous years’ events, organizations like the mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs, Veterans NOW, the District of Columbia Building Industry Association, University of the District of Columbia, and countless other city and community organizations will offer services that day, ranging from onsite haircuts, programming information, health checks, and job openings from American Job Center. Entertainment will be provided by Badge of Honor.
DCHA also will provide 50 filled toiletry bags to veterans and lunch to all that attend. The 100 veterans who attend the pre-employment workshop and another 100 will enjoy a free meal at D.C.’s two IHOP restaurants thanks to former NFL player Tyoka Jackson and his family’s business, Jackson Investment Company. The company owns both IHOP restaurants and is a DCHA participating landlord. This will be the third year Jackson has offered a free meal to veterans on Veterans Day.