The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food assistance to low-income individuals and families. SNAP funding also includes resources dedicated to employment and training services. SNAP Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) can be a significant source of flexible funding to help recipients increase income so they can transition off SNAP benefits. Due to seemingly complex funding access, SNAP E&T tends to be an underutilized resource.
Integrating financial security services into workforce development programs can achieve greater impact without requiring significant cost and time. Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW) and The Financial Clinic (the Clinic) have partnered to analyze the effects of financial security services on workforce development programs, with results released in four issue briefs. The briefs can be retrieved individually, or in their entirety.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the first federal legislative reform of the public workforce system in over 16 years. It presents unique opportunities to increase the economic opportunities and stability of disadvantaged jobseekers.
Policy Announcement / Memoranda
ETA is excited to announce the launch of a national cohort of states focusing on partnership of WIOA Titles 1 & 3, TANF Employment & Training and SNAP Employment & Training agencies and programs. This is a prestigious opportunity to work with your peers from across the country in an organized setting to tackle the challenges faced by states in leveraging funding and resources and integrating services—and explore models to develop an action plan to help advance your goals. Both states that consider themselves “leaders” and “learners” are encouraged to apply!
American Job Centers (AJC), which are also known as One-Stop Centers, are designed to provide a full range of assistance to job seekers in one building, and the resources are also available on one website. Established under the Workforce Investment Act, and reauthorized in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act of 2014, the centers offer training referrals, career counseling, job listings, and other employment-related services. The website offers users the ability to find local resources and search for positions in the communities.
Webinar / Webcast
This virtual roundtable, to be convened on December 6 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST, is a continuation of technical assistance around the requirements of the one-stop delivery system's memorandum of understanding (MOU) negotiations as called for under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The goal of this roundtable is to break down silos, bring partner programs to the table, and have a larger discussion on their experiences with local negotiations.
This report analyzes the impact of the cliff effect on social services recipients in the Cincinnati area to determine how to mitigate it. The Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation partnered with Design Impact and CityLink to conduct in-depth research on the cliff effect and then used design thinking to propose a solution. Through their research, the team found that people were not financially worse off after losing benefits due to a wage increase, but they felt worse because their financial situation had not improved despite professional advancement.
The Innovation & Opportunity Network created these five illustrated customer scenarios to demonstrate how different types of customers would access services in a high-quality American Job Center. These scenarios are designed to help train staff on how to help five common types of customers find employment: individuals with disabilities, farmworkers, justice-involved individuals, and single mothers. Each scenario is fully illustrated and contains definitions and links to additional resources.
Webinar / Webcast
Newly released joint guidance provides direction for the implementation of operational requirements under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) pertaining to the one-stop delivery system. Under WIOA, workforce development, education, and human services partners are encouraged to provide streamlined and efficient career services for all customers through the American Job Center Network.
In this short video, TANF practitioners explain how partnerships at their local American Job Centers are creating opportunities to reach more people who utilize their services. North Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah programs are highlighted for their successes in TANF/WIOA collaborations.