Labor Web site aimed at helping the homeless

The Labor Department this week launched a Web site aimed at guiding homeless users to programs and services to help them.

The site features links to every homeless program the department operates as well as to Web pages for every other federal homeless program, including those run by the Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Health and Human Services departments. It also has links to many nongovernment programs, such as America's Job Bank.

The site emphasizes services for homeless veterans and features numerous links to programs for them.

Mike Biddle, a Labor spokesman, said the site was intended for both homeless citizens and for users who provide help to the homeless. He said homeless users could access the site at public libraries and at shelters that provide computers and Internet access.

"The department offers both mainstream and targeted employment-focused programs that help lead to self-sufficiency,' Charles S. Ciccolella, deputy assistant secretary of Labor's Veterans Employment and Training Services, said in a statement. 'A full list of these programs is available through the Web site."

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