Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program

Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program

What is the Incarcerated Veterans’ Transition Program?

The Incarcerated Veterans’ Transition Program (IVTP) is a grant managed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (USDOL/VETS). Under the program, grantees provide supportive services to eligible Incarcerated Veterans who are “at risk” of becoming homeless. The intent of the program is to provide direct services through a case management approach that leverages Federal, State and local resources. Incarcerated Veterans are connected with appropriate employment and life skills support as they transition from correctional facilities into the community.

  • The term “homeless or homeless individual” includes persons who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. It includes a person 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.
  • The term “Veteran” means 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.

What are the primary objectives of the IVTP?

To stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that address the complex problems facing Incarcerated Veterans; and

  • To provide services that assist Incarcerated Veterans who are “at risk” of homelessness reintegrate into meaningful employment within the labor force.

What services should grantees provide through the IVTP?

IVTP grantees provide comprehensive services for targeted Veterans with a focus on employment. Some of the services offered include:

  • Job search assistance
  • Career counseling
  • Classroom training
  • Life Skills support services
  • Job placement and follow-up activities

In addition to employment services, applicants who receive funding must:

Conduct early intervention and outreach at one or more levels of Federal, State, and local correctional facilities;

Provide direct supportive services through a case management approach to include referral for health care, addiction counseling and treatment, and housing services;

  • Network with and leverage other Federal, State and local providers to connect participating Veterans with workforce development, employment and retention resources.

Who is eligible to Apply for IVTP Funding?

Applications for IVTP funding are accepted from a wide range of state and local agencies and organizations familiar with resources in their areas and the population to be served. Eligible entities include:

  • State Workforce Investment Boards as defined in Section 111 and 117 of the Workforce Investment Act
  • Local Public Agencies
  • Private, non-profit organizations including faith-based and community-based organizations

Who monitors IVTP grants?

VETS monitors all IVTP grantees to ensure program accomplishments and expenditures are consistent with the program goals and funding levels specified in the grant award.

How do I apply for an IVTP Grant?

All funding opportunities are made available for public view at VETS announces the availability of grant funding, through a Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) published at The SGA identifies eligible applicants and program requirements, details the application process, and lists the documentation potential grantees need to submit when applying for IVTP funding. Applications must be prepared and submitted in accordance with information contained in the SGA. Applications are generally due to the DOL National Office within 30 days after the date of SGA publication.

For More Information regarding the Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program and VETS’ other programs and services, visit our website at:

Veterans’ Employment and Training Service

U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room S-1325
Washington, DC 20210

The Veterans Outreach Representative for New Jersey:

Lyons, Lyons Campus of the VA New Jersey Health Care System, Mark Correale / [email protected]

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