A. Earnfare Program
Earnfare is an employment and training program which offers eligible participants an opportunity to gain work experience and earn cash assistance. Participation is limited to adults who receive SNAP benefits, those individuals who volunteer, and to persons who are court-ordered to participate. Participants must first complete the required number of hours (their SNAP benefits divided by state or federal minimum wage, whichever is higher) in Community Workfare (work off hours) before earning cash assistance. Participants may be assigned to an Earnfare work site or to other approved activities for them to earn cash assistance, meet the federal work requirement, and/or increase their self-sufficiency. DHS funds to providers cover wages and supportive services to support continued participation.
- Earnfare: The Department may contract with not-for-profit organizations, community and faith-based organizations and governmental agencies to administer the Earnfare program. The Grantees recruit, orient and assess individuals, recruit employers and refer individuals to appropriate employers. These Earnfare Grantees do not receive administrative payments. The Department's FCRCs may also orient and assess individuals or refer them to these Grantees.
B. SNAP E&T Job Placement With Retention Program
The Department may contract with private sector businesses, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, community and faith-based organizations and governmental agencies to provide intensive education, job skills training, and/or pre-employment services and unsubsidized job placement services to individuals who receive non-assistance SNAP benefits. Special populations may be targeted for services.
Participants may be enrolled in Work Experience, Community Workfare, Vocational Training, or Basic Education or to a combination of these activities. The Grantees recruit, orient, assess, and refer eligible individuals and recruit employers who provide suitable work sites and unsubsidized employment opportunities for participants. Grantees are also responsible for providing case management to participants to reduce barriers to employment and maximize self-sufficiency. The Department's Family Community Resource Centers (FCRCs) can refer individuals to Job Placement with Retention providers.
C. SNAP E&T Special Project Program
SNAP E & T Special Project contracts provide services to customers receiving SNAP benefits. Programs are negotiated individually when special needs are identified.
D. SNAP E&T Support Services Program
SNAP E & T Support Services contracts provide only support services in accordance with the SNAP E & T Program Manual or provide special support services, over and above those itemized and explained in the SNAP E & T Program Manual, to customers who receive SNAP benefits. The programs are negotiated individually when special needs are identified.