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Venture V Program for SNAP

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Venture V Program for SNAP Participants RFP

Issue Date:
07/30/2021, updated 09/14/2021
Description:

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) program was implemented to provide SNAP participants opportunities to gain the skills and training they need that will move them forward to sustainable, gainful employment with the goal of achieving financial independence and stability. In addition, the SNAP E&T program is intended to offer SNAP participants varying ways to meet SNAP work requirements. To help support these efforts, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance created the Venture V Program for SNAP Participants (Venture V). This initiative is intended to leverage eligible non-federal resources by reimbursing one-half of the eligible contract payments with SNAP E&T funds to enable an expansion of work focused education and training services to low income individuals receiving SNAP in New York State.

Through the Venture V Program, employment services will be made available to improve the lives of low-income households by helping those who are able to work enter the labor market, and by providing training, education and supportive services to help other eligible individuals address barriers to employment and increase the skills needed to obtain and retain employment. These services are intended to support both SNAP/Safety Net Assistance recipients and non-Temporary Assistance (NTA) SNAP recipients who are subject to SNAP work requirements and those who volunteer to participate including those with a history of substance abuse, work limitations, those with limited English proficiency, low literacy levels, obstacles in mental health, no high school diploma, adults with limited work histories, ex-offenders, and eligible youth between the ages of 16 to 24. Priority will also be given to proposals that will serve unemployed and underemployed parents and legal guardians, including non-custodial parents, so they are best able to financially provide for their children.

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