SNAP Next Step and Employment & Training Programs

 
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What you need to know

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Nebraska Department of Labor (DOL) are working together to get under-employed and unemployed clients on the Supplemental 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.

Initial Eligibility

Here are some of the main eligibility requirements to consider:

  • Currently receiving SNAP benefits but not working with Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) Employment First program
  • Live in or around the following cities and their surrounding areas and counties: Columbus, Norfolk, Hastings, Grand Island, Kearney, North Platte, Lexington, Sidney, and Scottsbluff.  Expansion plans to Omaha are in progress.
  • Household has at least one work-eligible adult (legal permanent resident or U.S. Citizen)

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) or email DHHS.SNAPNextStepEandT@Nebraska.gov to discuss enrolling.

Continuing Steps

Once enrolled in the program, clients will have the benefit of working with both a Workforce Coordinator from DHHS as well as Employment Specialist with DOL in some cases. The SNAP Workforce Coordinators are dedicated for each client actively engaged in the program.  In addition to assisting with improving employment, they are 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,  and more.

Partnership with DOL

SNAP Next Step Employment & Training (E&T) includes a partnership with DOL by co-enrolling participants in their Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  This partnership assists those enrolled with:

  • job search
  • preparing for an interview
  • updating a resume
  • occupational skills training
  • work experience
  • on-the-job training
  • Tuition assistance for short-term programs. 

In addition, supportive services can be used in some situations to help with items such as:

  • assistance with transportation
  • clothing for an interview
  • education materials 

By participating with the program between DHHS and DOL workforce coordinators attempt to help individuals work around or eliminate barriers to help them find and accept employment.

SNAP Next Step E&T by County

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Michaela Christo
Columbus / Norfolk and surrounding areas
Phone Number
(402) 835-9018

Jamie Habon
Scottsbluff / Sidney and surrounding areas
Phone Number
(308) 672-8173

Allison Roemer
Grand Island / Hastings and surrounding areas
Phone Number
(308) 218-7186

Julie Henningsen
SNAP Next Step E&T Program Manager
Phone Number
(402) 318-8399

Autumn Hild
North Platte / Lexington and surrounding areas
Phone Number
(308) 252-2377

Cindy Fankhauser
Kearney and surrounding areas
Phone Number
(308) 865-5598