City, DESC seek partners to help lift residents out of poverty through job skills training

  • RFP seeks local partners to provide training for Detroiters
  • City to provide grants between $50,000 and $100,000 for up to twenty partners

Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) and the City of Detroit are seeking partners to provide employment and training services to low-income Detroit residents who are enrolled in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). DESC, in partnership with the City of Detroit and Mayor Mike Duggan’s Workforce Development Board, will provide grants between $50,000 and $100,000 to up to twenty partners to provide training services including literacy skills, soft skills and vocational training, aiming to connect SNAP recipients to in demand jobs.

The ultimate goal of the program is to help lift these residents out of poverty – and off of SNAP assistance – by getting them into long-term employment. Employment is one of the best ways to move people off of nutrition assistance, and there are currently 270,000 people in the City of Detroit who receive food assistance — 160,000 of whom are working age.

The grants will leverage and expand access to employment related services for federal food assistance recipients with a goal of helping them secure jobs.

Through the program, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will match up to 50% of any non-federal funding spent to provide employment and training services for people who receive food assistance. Those matched dollars can then be used to provide additional employment services to food assistance participants and then be matched again by USDA. That means a large portion of these funds can be returned and used again to train even more Detroiters.

Every dollar we invest brings in more federal resources to help Detroiters connect with employment.

The SNAP Match program (FAE&T Plus) was launched in Detroit and Grand Rapids earlier by the State of Michigan and with support from JP Morgan Chase. Six local organizations (Southwest Solutions, Focus HOPE, Dominican Literacy, Goodwill, JVS and Saint Vincent) are currently participating in the program.

For more information, or to view other current RFPs from DESC, visit: https://www.descmiworks.com/about-us/work-with-us-rfps-rfqs/

Download SNAP RFP