Increase access to information on VA Grants, to include grant programs for research and development, Cemetery Grants, homeless Veterans, Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant and the Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) grant. Conduct community outreach to underserved AAPI populations in support of VA grant programs; ensure social inclusion language.
Department of Veterans Affairs
In conjunction with HUD, assist 24,400 additional homeless Veterans (12,200/year) in obtaining housing and reduce the number of homeless Veterans to 35,000 in 2013, to be measured by the January 2014 Point-In-Time homeless count.
Work within VA and across other federal agencies to improve the data that is available on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Veterans groups and to facilitate public access to the data by: Activity 1) Utilize and disseminate information available from the U.S. Census Bureau to provide estimates of AAPI Veteran groups. This information will be utilized, as it becomes available, to report more granular estimates ...more »
Increase access to VA resources such as small and disadvantaged business development counseling and small business loans to ensure AAPIs have needed information on available VA resources by conducting community outreach to underserved AAPI populations in support of VA Small Business procurement goals.
Implement training to educate AAPI employees on leadership, career development, and educational programs.
Continue to work with Department of Defense and Veterans groups to address compensation of Filipino Veterans of World War II.
Establish a VA Work Group to address issues and concerns related to the WHIAAPI initiative by establishing a VA Work Groups to monitor and assess the implementation of the WHAAPI FY 2014 and FY 2015 Plan.
Promote AAPI presence on VA and other Federal Advisory Councils which promote the goals of Executive Order 13515, Increasing Participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Federal Programs by increasing AAPI representation on VA and Federal Advisory Councils, committees and work groups.
Increase the diversity of the applicant pool for Senior Executive Service (SES) positions in the VA.
Rigorously enforce civil rights statutes/laws that require equal access and non-discrimination in federal programs that involve grants, loans, contracts, financial aid and other benefits.
Identify locations of high populations of homeless Veterans and develop measures and tracking system to track status of homeless Veterans by race, ethnicity, and gender.
Develop and implement plans to assist AAPI Veterans with employment services and housing.
Continue to implement VA Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan. Identify agency materials that reach an AAPI audience and monitor to ensure that materials are culturally and linguistically appropriate.Assess and address need for in-language services across programs.