Opportunities for Federal Employment and Training Funds
A workshop for Connecticut cities and regions at the Legislative Office Building, Hartford, September 8, 2009
SNAP E&T consultant Ed Schmidt explains the program. More photos below
Thanks to legislation approved in 2008 by the General Assembly, Connecticut may use new federal funds to work in helping food stamp recipients get the training and other tools they need to find employment and become financially secure and self-sufficient. It's the
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Employment and Training Reimbursement Program (SNAP E&T).
Under SNAP E&T, job-training providers may be eligible to receive a 50-cent
federal match for every dollar they spend on services that help food stamp
recipients find regular employment. A wide range of services qualify.
Examples include helping food-stamp recipients secure
high-school-equivalency diplomas, providing English-as-a-second-language
classes and providing child care and transportation for parents in school.
On September 8, 2009, the Connecticut Commission on
Children and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities hosted a briefing on how cities and regions can participate in SNAP E&T. Among the speakers were representatives of several "collaboratives" that already have applied for funding or plan to do so, including East Hartford, New Britain, Waterbury, Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Ansonia/Derby/Oxford/Seymour/Shelton/
Beacon Falls/Milford, and Bristol/Farmington/Plainville/Plymouth.
Click on the play button at the lower left corner of the video player below. If no player appears, click here to view from the CT-N website. Length:
1 hours, 52 minutes.