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$9.5 million in federal funding to support job seekers enrolled in SNAP – Rochesterfirst.com – October 6, 2016

$9.5 million in federal funding to support job seekers enrolled in SNAP

Governor Cuomo has 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.

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.

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.

Funding awarded to local area BOCES organizations include:

  • Orleans-Niagara BOCES, serving Niagara and Orleans counties – $400,000

Funding awarded to additional organizations and schools across the region include:

  • Literacy West NY, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties – $300,000
  • Research Foundation of SUNY Brockport, Monroe County, $400,000

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