Funding Supports Job Seekers Enrolled in SNAP

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Posted: Monday, October 10, 2016 6:58 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $9.5 million in federal funding has been awarded to 39 organizations to assist New Yorkers receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. Each of the organizations will match funds, resulting in $19 million to support education and training for SNAP recipients to enter the workforce.

"This administration has fought long and hard to help lift our most vulnerable New Yorkers out of poverty and provide them with the opportunity for a decent life," said Governor Cuomo. "This funding will assist with our efforts, providing much needed job training and workforce development, and brings us closer to a stronger, better, fairer New York for all."

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance received $9.5 million in federal funding and has allotted support to 39 organizations statewide through the SNAP Employment and Training Venture Program. The organizations are required to match funding with private and public resources, resulting in double the number of New Yorkers benefiting from the program.

"Governor Cuomo has continued to focus on creating job opportunities while ensuring there is a ready supply of talented workers," said Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Commissioner Samuel D. Roberts. "This approach has contributed greatly to the growing economy while ensuring those who need these jobs the most can effectively compete for them."

The SNAP Employment and Training Venture Program is designed to provide workforce development, education and training to SNAP recipients through targeted job placement services. The program is aimed at supporting individuals faced with barriers to employment, including criminal or substance abuse history, low literacy, limited work history or unemployed and underemployed parents, limited English proficiency, and individuals without a high school diploma, including eligible youth between the ages of 16 and 24.

SNAP providers work closely with local Workforce Investment Boards to assist participants in achieving a credential that is in demand by local employers. Through the awarded organizations, individuals can earn a number of credentials, including junior accounting, building maintenance and weatherization, culinary arts, security, environmental remediation technician, construction laborer, retail management, home health aide, warehouse worker, commercial driver’s license, among others.

SOURCE: Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

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