- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - City officials and leaders in Detroit will hear details of a program that has generated $33 million in additional workforce funds in Washington State.

Seattle Jobs Initiative representatives are to visit Detroit Thursday to discuss the SNAP 50/50 reimbursement.

The program allows organizations providing job training, workforce development and support services to develop a funding stream that benefits people eligible for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

States can be reimbursed for up to 50 percent of any non-federal dollars spent on employment, training and work support services. Washington State used a third-party match arrangement. Detroit will pilot its program on the Seattle model.

Workforce Development Director Jeff Donofrio says “having a new source of funding to train Detroiters for in-demand jobs helps” residents and businesses.

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