This Weeks Right Resources Bulletin ~ One Family

This Week’s News from the ICHH Regional Networks and the Right Resources Bulletin Board
January 15, 2009

Untapped Funding for Education and
Workforce Development Programs:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program /Employment and Training (SNAP/ET)

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program / Employment and Training (SNAP/ET)

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is administered in the Commonwealth by the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) on behalf of USDA. SNAP includes a component that provides for the employment and training of Food Stamp recipients (SNAP/ET). This program’s purpose is to provide recipients with opportunities that will lead to paid employment and decrease dependency on assistance programs.

The SNAP Federal Financial Participation allows states to claim 50% of qualifying employment and training expenditures for Food Stamp Recipients.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has passed a Bill that allows DTA to contract/work with local governments, community colleges, educational institutions, workforce organizations and nonprofit agencies that provide employment and training services to Food Stamp Recipients to identify any state or third party funds spent on these programs that could possibly be considered for Federal Financial Participation.  DTA will then claim any qualified expenditures and return the funds through UMMS to the entities involved in the project (50% reimbursement, less an administrative service fee of 5%).

Reimbursement received by qualifying entities under this program must be used to support additional education, employment and training services and related program costs. Additionally, up to 5 per cent of these funds may be used for administrative costs incurred by said agency or organization claiming said federal matching funds.  These funds shall not be used to supplant existing services.

MA is allocated $20 million in federal SNAP/ET funding annually but last year only spent $1 million.

To find out more about this program please see the attached documents at: http://rightresources.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=119

**Info for this article was provided by “Fact Sheet: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program / Employment and Training (SNAP/ET).”

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