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200 Detroit Food Assistance Recipients To Get Help Finding Jobs In New Program

May 17, 2015 – Marge Sorge, Daily Detroit

daytime Downtown skyline Sometimes people need a river of opportunity to find the tools they need to succeed.

Under a new program in Michigan, 200 food assistance recipients in Detroit will be able to “swim”” that “river of opportunity” thanks to more job training possibilities, which will hopefully help them find their way off the assistance program.

The nearly $1 million federally funded initiative began April 1. It targets 200 able-bodied individuals between the ages of 18 and 49 without dependents, who are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and are participating in the SNAP Employment and Training program in Detroit. The goal is see half of the Food Assistance Program (FAP) cases closed, or benefits reduced, among the 200 participants.

The program reflects Gov. Rick Snyder’s new vision of a “River of Opportunity,” in which state public assistance programs serve as a customer pathway to self-reliance. The newly created Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is leading initiative.

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