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SNAP 50/50: Convening on Workforce Training Reimbursement

Seattle Jobs InitiativeOn July 14th, 2016, at 9:00 AM, representatives of the Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI) will be visiting Detroit to tell us about their work developing a SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP 50/50) reimbursement model in Washington State.

SNAP 50/50 reimbursement allows agencies that provide job training, workforce development, and support services to eligible food stamp recipients to develop a new funding stream that benefits this population.

Over the past decade, the State of Washington, SJI, and dozens of community partners have built an expansive network of employment and training services for SNAP recipients. Significantly, they did it in large part using the 50% reimbursement option offered by the US Department of Agriculture’s Food & Nutrition Service (FNS). Under that model, states can be reimbursed for up to 50% of any non-federal dollars spent on employment and training services for eligible individuals. In Washington, the State used a third-party match arrangement, whereby community colleges and CBOs provided the services and received most of the reimbursement funds. Over 50,000 residents had received services as of 2015.

Earlier this year, FNS engaged SJI to help ten states begin to build similar third-party match models. Michigan is one of the states that has been selected to participate in this “SNAP to Skills” initiative. The State’s Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are working with SJI to pilot the 50% reimbursement model in Michigan.

Opportunities for Your Organization

  • Non-federal dollars already spent on low-income individuals are leveraged with new federal funds to increase capacity and expand available services
  • Create a new funding stream to pay for needed services including case management, transportation, books, tools – critical for high-needs participant success
  • FAE&T allows providers to co-enroll participants with partner organizations in the community by offering distinct activities to create a comprehensive array of services. For example, community based organizations can wrap-around support to individuals who are also enrolled in vocational programs at a community college.
  • FAE&T allows colleges to expand their reach to recruit new student populations, increasing overall enrollments. Fulltime students participating in FAE&T can continue to receive Family Assistance Program (FAP).
  • With diminishing TANF students, FAE&T participants can fill those spaces, maintaining current college staffing levels.

Opportunities for FAE&T Participants

  • Receive FAP benefits while attending school full time.
  • Receive case management and wrap-around support such as child care, transportation, books and tools free of charge.
  • Receive employment training free of charge.
  • Establish a path to employment and wage progression.
  • Reduce dependency on FAP benefits and mitigate generational poverty.

Learn from the Experts

  • Representatives of the Seattle Jobs Initiative will be visiting Detroit to tell us about their work developing a successful reimbursement model in Washington State.
  • State of Michigan staff from the Workforce Development Agency and the Michigan Department of Health of Human Services will share Michigan’s vision for expanding job driven services to our FAP recipients.

Please join us at DESC, 440 East Congress Street, Suite 400, Detroit, MI 48226, on Thursday July 14, 2016 at 9 AM to hear from the experts.