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Volunteers of America Texas Abstract

Published: May 19, 2016
Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG)
Grants Abstract
Abstracts, HPOG Grantees

Building Pathways to a Brighter Future

Volunteers of America Texas


Location: Houston, TX


Five-Year Project Period: September 30, 2015 - September 29, 2020

Annual Award Amount: $1,122,976

Type of Organization: Nonprofit with 501C3 IRS status (other than Institution of Higher Education)

Service Area: City of Houston and Harris County in Texas

Target Population: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, low-income individuals, veterans, Latinos, refugees, immigrants, homeless individuals, and substance abuse treatment participants


Number of individuals that will be enrolled in the overall HPOG program: 1,125

Number of TANF recipients that will be enrolled: 675

Number of individual participants that will begin basic skills education: 1,000

Number of individual participants that will complete basic skills education: 950

Number of participants that will begin any healthcare occupational training: 925

Number of participants that will complete any healthcare occupational training: 750

Number of individual participants that will obtain employment in a healthcare occupation: 625


VOATX provides opportunities for TANF recipients and other low-income persons in Houston, Texas, to obtain education, vocational training, and living wage employment in high-demand positions in the healthcare industry. Participants in the training program receive supportive services (e.g., case management, financial literacy education, income support, mentoring, workplace readiness, mental and behavioral health referrals, housing, transportation assistance, child care, legal services) to assist in overcoming barriers to sustainable employment. The HPOG program utilizes a career pathways model, and participants engage in a series of evidence-based educational and training programs. The program builds community partnerships and collaborations across multiple service delivery systems that leverage public and private resources to improve the career-related services currently available to TANF beneficiaries.

Occupational training focuses on: Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant, Home Health Aide, Community Health Worker, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse, Registered Nurse, Surgical Technologist/Technician, Radiology Technician, Respiratory Therapist, Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Billing and Coding Technician, and Health Information Technician. Workforce Solutions and Houston Community College assist with placing HPOG participants in employment opportunities. Also included among the program’s partners are the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (the state TANF administrator), the Workforce Solutions–Gulf Coast Workforce Board (the local Workforce Development Board [WDB]), the Texas Workforce Commission (the state WDB), the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration’s Office of Apprenticeship, and many others. VOATX collaborates with H-GAC, a regional organization through which local governments cooperate in solving area-wide issues. Through this collaboration with H-GAC, the HPOG has access to all the workforce solutions offices and employer partners throughout the region. Monthly meetings are held with VOATX and UpSkill Houston. This collaboration results in apprenticeship opportunities for Certified Nursing Assistants and Pharmacy Technicians.


Last Reviewed: April 24, 2019