The Employment Unit assists individuals to enter "the world of work". The unit:
- Assesses and reassesses each applicant and recipient of Temporary Assistance and SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps, to determine if he/she is employable.
- Develops an individual employment plan for those who are capable of working.
- Has each employable individual complete a job search and register with the New York State Department of Labor.
- Assigns each employable individual to the work-related activities appropriate to his/her capabilities.
- Provides supportive services such as transportation assistance, clothing, tools, child care, car repairs, car insurance and any other work-related expenses, as deemed appropriate.
- Monitors the individual's compliance with his/her employment plan.
- Imposes sanctions or closes cases, as appropriate, for non-compliance.
Employment Unit programs are designed to facilitate individuals' efforts in working their way off Welfare and towards financial independence. Some programs are limited to recipients of Temporary Assistance, but a growing number of programs are being developed to serve eligible low-income families with incomes at or below 200% of the poverty level.