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Effective January 1, 2016, the Florida Legislature and U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service have mandated that the SNAP E&T program return to mandatory participation by each Able-Bodied Adult without Dependents (ABAWD) as determined by the state’s Department of Children and Families (DCF). The program is designed to assist individuals who have applied for or receiving Food Assistance benefits in obtaining employment. The purpose of the E&T is to help SNAP households gain skills, training, work experience that will increase self-sufficiency.
When an individual applies for or is receiving Food Assistance benefits, DCF will determine if the applicant meets the criteria to being required to participate in work activities in order to maintain eligibility for food assistance. In Brevard County, CareerSource Brevard provides a variety of services and oversees completion of an ABAWD’s mandatory hours. An ABAWD must complete 80 hours per month in their allowable SNAP Mandatory activity. A total of 20 hours per week is recommended.
What is an ABAWD and who is it mandatory for?
An ABAWD is an able-bodied adult without dependents who are requested to complete work requirements of completing 80 hours per month in a work program in order to continue receiving SNAP benefits. ABAWD criteria is as follows:
Individuals not considered ABAWD; that are not required to complete work requirements are individuals:
If you feel that you have referred in error, please notify DCF immediately thru the contact information below. We strongly encourage you to complete the program orientation and assessment to learn about the program, remain in compliance and avoid loss of food assistance benefits should DCF maintain your ABAWD status.
Department of Children and Families:
(Agents are available 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday)
Access Central Mail Center
P.O. Box 1770
Ocala, FL 34478-1770
Local Brevard County ACCESS Application Center:
801 Dixon Blvd
Cocoa, Florida 32922
EBT Customer Service:
LET’S GET STARTED:
If you are an Abled-Bodied Adult without Dependents or have been classified an ABAWD by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), please go to Step 1 below to complete your SNAP Orientation, Assessment :
Step 1: Complete the program orientation and assessment online (must within 10 days).
Go online to the link below to complete your SNAP MN program orientation and assessment. It will generally take you 45 minutes to an hour to complete. It will be required to complete the SNAP MN program orientation and assessment within 10 days from notification or start of your food assistance benefits. Please ensure to complete fully and review each screen carefully to meet all requirements of the online program orientation and assessment. You may visit a CareerSource center to access a computer and printer as well as CareerSource staff to assist you. Then please move to Step 2.
Step 2: Upon completing of the Orientation and Assessment you will be directed to Job Club modules. You must complete all Job Club modules on the site.
During your first 30 days from notification or start of your food assistance benefits, you must complete 20 hours of job club. We encourage you to complete Steps 2 & 3 before your 3rd week to avoid jeopardy or loss of your food assistance benefits and meet with a trained staff to guide you.
Step 3: Visit our training website at https://training.careersourcebrevard.com. If you do not already have an account on our training site click “Create new account” on the login screen and fill in all the requested information. After you’ve registered your account you’ll need to log into your email account that you used when you registered and open the email sent to you to verify your account. After you’ve verified your account you should be brought to the home page where you will see courses you can enrol in. Find and click on the “SNAP Engagement” course link and click on “Enroll me”. Once enrolled you will see the course content. From there watch the SNAP Powerpoint and complete the SNAP Assessment.
Upon completion of Step 2 and 3 information you will be mailed information regard your next step in meeting your requirements and meeting with a Staffing Specialist. If you opted to receiving correspondence please check your email or “myTess” for information regarding your next steps and appointment information.
CareerSource Brevard SNAP MN Program Services
Step 4: Starting your hours of participation. Starting on the 31st day of being notified or starting your food assistance benefit, you must apply for 39 job vacancies which you will need to record each job search on the SNAP MN job search form. Please download the blank SNAP MN Job Search Form here or by visiting our center. You will be assigned to additional activities along with job searches when you meet with your assigned Staffing Specialist.
Please remember that the ABAWD must complete 80 hours per month in their allowable SNAP MN activity. A total of 20 hours per week is recommended. Your activity support documents or timesheets should be submitted each week to ensure sufficient time to update into the state OSST site and reflect recorded hours within your myTESS account! Please understand given the volume of SNAP participants anticipated in January and February that there may be a delay in CareerSource updates.
Transportation Reimbursement Assistance:
If you are interested in receiving help with your job searching efforts, participating in activities and receiving Food Stamp Reimbursements (FSRs) to help off-set the cost of transportation, please discuss with your SNAP Staffing Specialist or review the SNAP program activities presentation above.
Caution: SNAP staff are going to be heavily engaged and assisting a large number of Brevard customers. Due to limited funding, we encourage to use the SNAP Information line below to obtain information and questions in lieu of contacting a SNAP counselor. Due to large volume, we will do our best to serve you and return messages received. However there may be an anticipated 3-5 day delay due to volume. Completion of your 20 hours of job club during the first month and 80 hours each following month will still be required.
For more information, please visit our SNAP Information line or submit your documentation uploading to myTess or faxing to 321-504-2059
Other SNAP E&T Activity Resources
One of the available activities under the SNAP MN program will be to participate in a Work experience site where you will be able to learn a job or job skill by doing the job. Please click below to review an overview prior to your next visit to CareerSource.
(coming soon, sorry for the inconvenience)
Work Activity Forms
Community Resources – (coming soon, sorry for the inconvenience)
Helpful Links or Services