Partner Express - May 2020

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Adult Career Pathways Updates

COVID-19 Updates

Changes implemented by Adult Career Pathways (ACP) in response to COVID-19 and the Stay at Home Order, as well as questions and answers are posted on the DEED website: Due to competing priorities, posting may be delayed. If you have a question about procedures in the wake of COVID-19, or you have heard about a change but cannot find it on the website, please email your program coordinator or the ACP supervisor, Anne Kukowski at

Monitoring Desk Review

Through the Stay Home order and until further notice, State Fiscal Year 2020 monitoring is being conducted via a desk review. The desk review will take place via SKYPE, phone conference, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams. If your desk review has not already taken place, your monitor will be contacting you to set a date and discuss who should be at the review. Also discussed will be documents to be sent via email in preparation for the desk review.

The SFY 20 participant file review has been postponed. However, WF1 Case Notes, Demographic data, Support Services, and Activity entries will be reviewed.

Therefore, your desk review will consist of:

  • Completion and review of the program and fiscal monitoring guide;
  • Financial review and reconciliation;
  • A review of data in WorkForce One (WF1); and
  • An interview conducted via an on-line meeting.

Displaced Homemaker Program

Fees collected from marriage and dissolution of marriage fees have been allocated to Displaced Homemaker Providers for the SFY21 fiscal year. These funds are in addition to the directly appropriated funds.

Applications were sent out to existing Grantees in April.  Applications incorporated updated outcomes to include an emphasis on participants enrolled in certification or credentialed training programs and those co-enrolled in the Dislocated Worker program.


ACP expects to be releasing a request for applications to join ACP SNAP Employment and Training 50 % Reimbursement program in July. The release has been delayed due to the COVID-19 emergency and also in order to be able to coordinate with the Request for Proposals to be released by the Minnesota Department Human Services (DHS) in May. Providers who apply for the DHS RPR but are not selected will be able to apply to participate in SNAP through DEED instead.  Many SNAP E&T providers start by contracting with DEED and, once they have learned the program and established a rhythm, move on to work with DHS. In addition to helping E&T participants obtain assistance in obtaining, food, DEED’s SNAP E&T 50% Reimbursement Program allows providers to be reimbursed for 50% of allowable expenses incurred for SNAP participants, above and beyond the reimbursement through DEED’s regular RPR process. Providers may spend the additional 50% reimbursement so “earned” as they see fit; it is not subject to any limitations. This program is an incentive approved and funded by the federal government to try to increase the number of people who have better access to good nutrition.

Resource: Energy Assistance Program (EAP)

Energy assistance is available to eligible renters and homeowners.  Assistance takes the form of grants or help with costs such as paying for past due energy bills, repairs or replacement of broken furnaces.

Basic information

  • Assets such as the home are not considered in determining eligibility.
  • Grants range from $200 to $1,400, based on household size, income, and fuel cost.
  • The average grant is about $500.
  • In addition to the initial grant, additional Crisis funds are available to:
  • Help pay a past due bill or get an emergency fuel delivery.
  • Help homeowners get their broken furnace repaired or replaced.

EAP changes made to help during COVID-19

  • The application deadline is extended to July 1.
  • The annual Crisis maximum is increased to $1,200 (up from $600).
  • EAP can help households pay a past due bill, even without a shut-off notice.
  • Income eligibility is based on past one month of income only.
  • EAP still has sufficient funds and expects more from the CARES Act.

How to apply for EAP

  • Households contact their local EAP service provider to apply for EAP.
  • Households find their EAP provider:

SFY20 Extension Modifications and SFY21 Planning Documents

All requests to extend SFY20 ACP grants and all SFY21 planning documents should have been submitted to program coordinators before the end of April. DEED’s financial area (AFS) instructed all Employment and Training programs to submit all extensions and planning documents to them by May 1. AFS will not guarantee that documents submitted after May 1 will be processed in time for the start of the new fiscal year on July 1, 2020.

  • If a provider intends to ask for an extension on an SFY20 grant and has not yet done so, the provider should contact their program coordinator as soon as possible.
  • If a provider has not yet submitted an SFY21 planning documents, the provide should contact their program coordinator as soon as possible.

Providers may include with their SFY 21 planning documents, a request that their SFY21 grants be extended. Extensions to September 30, 2021 need not be accompanied by an explanation of why that request is necessary. Extensions beyond September 30, 2021 must be justified. Please be aware that if you do not request an extension of your SFY 21 grant at this time, or if you request an extension now but later determine that a further extension is needed, you may still request an extension at any time between July 1, 2020 and one month before your SFY 21 grant expires.