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The Pittsburgh HBA was awarded the 2011 CBG grant to help fund its Veterans Industry Placement (VIP) Program, which provides model residential construction and facilities maintenance trades training.
In addition, the program will provide case management and social services follow-up programs for the veterans.
The HBA intends to train 40 veterans a year during the next three years, with the possibility of expanding the program after that.
The HBA is also offering the VIP Program as a model training platform for other HBAs interested in boosting their training.
“The tough times will end and we need to have an educated workforce ready to take action when they do,” said Bob Mitchell, endowment chairman and 2000 NAHB president. “Even during these difficult times, the endowment is answering the call by meeting the industry's long-term challenges with bold thinking and action, through the Challenge/Build/Grow Matching Grant Initiative as well as other grants.”
Since the CBG program was launched in 2001, more than $215,000 has been awarded to state and local HBAs throughout the country.
Under the program, HBAs are encouraged to find opportunities to build new partnerships in their communities to assist local programs targeting issues of importance to the industry — including job training, image building, labor shortages, educational curriculums and scholarship support.
For more information about grant or scholarship opportunities and funding guidelines, visit www.nationalhousingendowment.org.