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Monday, September 28 • 10:00am - 11:30am
TANF and SNAP Employment and Training Program Revamp

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DHS spent over a year working on a redesign of its TANF and SNAP E & T programs. Basically, these changes abandon the "work first" approach, and it's emphasis on rapid attachment to the work force, and instead focus on assessment, barrier removal, and education/training. Most of these changes are being implemented through modifications to the contracts with EARN programs. In addition, the Work Ready program has been repurposed to focus solely on Extended TANF families. These changes went into effect on July 1, 2020. In this session we will talk in more detail about the programmatic changes as well as various E & T policy changes intended to facilitate the revamp. The COVID pandemic has impacted both the ability of clients to participate in E & T activities and the manner in which they participate. E & T providers are attempting to serve clients remotely, which raises numerous issues that we will explore in the session.

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Louise Hayes

Supervising Attorney - Health and Independence Unit, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
Louise Hayes has been an attorney at CLS’s North Philadelphia Law Center since 1997 when she joined CLS as an Independence Foundation Fellow. While helping CLS clients get and keep a range of public benefits, her expertise is in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and... Read More →
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Peter Zurflieh

Attorney, Community Justice Project
Peter Zurflieh, Esq., is an attorney with the Community Justice Project (CJP) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Part of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, CJP provides back-up to the regional legal services programs, doing impact litigation, as well as legislative and administrative... Read More →

Monday September 28, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
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