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State Announces Funding to Help Food Stamp Recipients Boost Job Skills

36 Organizations to offer Education and Training Programs Statewide

September 13, 2011 - The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) today announced that $16 million in funding is being used to provide work-focused education and training services to low-income New Yorkers receiving Food Stamps.

OTDA is awarding $8 million in federal funding through the Food Stamp Employment and Training Venture Program to 36 organizations statewide that will each contribute an equal amount of funding, doubling the program's capacity.

"Restoring New York's economy remains a top priority and a key part of that is making sure we meet the labor market's demand for skilled workers that can quickly adapt into the workplace," said OTDA Executive Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Berlin. "The education and training being provided with these funds will help struggling individuals acquire the skills that employers seek and allow them to better compete for employment. Programs like these help unemployed and underemployed Food Stamp recipients enter and advance in the workforce on a path to self-sufficiency."

This innovative effort leverages federal funding for organizations that can provide eligible funds from private and public sources, without a commitment of State funds.

The Food Stamp Employment and Training Venture Program is designed to help Food Stamp recipients gain the skills they need to succeed in the job market. Efforts are targeted to individuals who are unemployed or underemployed with significant barriers to employment, including ex-offenders, those with a history of substance abuse, individuals with limited English proficiency and eligible youth between the ages of 16 to 24.

The funding can be used to provide job readiness assistance, job skills training, vocational education and training, work experience and subsidized employment. Those enrolled in the programs will also receive case management services including employability assessments, assistance with child care and transportation arrangements, and financial planning and management as needed to support service delivery.

Food Stamp Employment and Training Funding
Agency Amount Counties Served
Agudath Israel of America Community Services $200,000 NYC
CAMBA, Inc. $131,000 NYC
Center for Employment Opportunities, Inc. $286,250 NYC
Central Queens YM & YWHA $159,000 NYC
Chinatown Manpower Project, Inc. $150,000 NYC
Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst $250,000 NYC
El Barrios Operation Fight Back, Inc. $150,000 NYC
Henry Street Settlement $149,500 NYC
Highbridge Community Life Center, Inc. $193,000 NYC
LEAP, Inc. d/b/a Brooklyn Workforce Innovations $300,000 NYC
Long Beach Public Schools $300,000 NYC, Nassau
SUNY Manhattan EOC $196,000 NYC
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation $300,000 NYC
Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow $140,000 NYC
Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, Inc. $300,000 NYC, Westchester
Per Scholas $287,250 NYC
Kingsborough Community College $150,250 NYC
LaGuardia Community College $60,000 NYC
St. Nicks Alliance $300,000 NYC
East Harlem Employment Services d/b/a STRIVE $300,000 NYC
The Fortune Society, Inc. $300,000 NYC
Year Up, Inc. $300,000 NYC
Buffalo City School District $300,000 Erie
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES $165,000 Cayuga
Challenge Industries, Inc. $170,500 Tompkins
Erie - 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES $161,250 Chautauqua
Schuyler-Steuben-Chemung-Tioga-Allegany BOCES $250,000 Steuben, Chemung
Mohawk Valley Community College $300,000 Oneida, Herkimer, Madison
Orleans-Niagara BOCES $300,000 Orleans, Niagara
Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. $29,750 Oswego
Rochester City School District $300,000 Monroe
St. Lawrence - Lewis BOCES $300,000 Clinton, Essex, Franklin, St. Lawrence
Sullivan County BOCES $180,250 Sullivan
The Altamont Program, Inc. $276,250 Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Onondaga
Ulster County BOCES $50,000 Ulster
Western Suffolk BOCES $250,000 Suffolk

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