The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and the Nebraska Department of Labor (DOL) are working together to get under-employed clients on the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) into jobs that pay a livable wage. Our combined purpose is to assist motivated individuals in improving their skills and helping them achieve the ultimate goal of self-sufficient employment based on each individual's needs. The info below discusses some of the key components of the program.
Here are some of the main eligibility requirements to consider:
If all of these criteria are met and a client is interested then the client can contact their local SNAP Next Step worker (contact info below) to discuss enrolling.
After enrolling in the program, clients will have the benefit of working with both an employment specialist with DOL as well as the SNAP Next Step worker. The SNAP workers are dedicated, assigned workers for each client that is actively engaged in the program. In addition to assisting with getting better employment, they are also available to help with any questions or issues that arise with the SNAP case itself including, but not limited to, answering questions about benefits, explaining how new employment may affect their SNAP benefits and overall net gains, assisting with recertifications, and more.
Employment & Training (E&T) is the program from which Next Step was formed. E&T is run out of Buffalo county and surrounding areas where Employment Specialist, Cindy Fankhauser works directly with clients. The DOL provides many of the employment related services for Next Step and the E&T Employment Specialist provides many of the services (such as job search training) or other appropriate resources and referrals based on clients' needs. Also unlike Next Step, the only qualification for enrolling is to be receiving SNAP. As long you receive SNAP and want help with employment or training, you are eligible to enroll.