Senior Community Service Employment Program

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About the program

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) became a national program under the Older Americans Act in 1973.

SCSEP participants are provided a minimum wage while learning new skills and improving their opportunity to become employed. Employment training takes place at nonprofit and government agencies such as libraries, senior centers, schools and parks. Participants help community organizations expand their service capacity while developing their job skills, self-confidence and a restored sense of self-worth.

Program eligibility

To participate in SCSEP, a person must be:

  • Age 55 or older
  • Legally eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Living in a household with income of no more than 125 percent of the federal poverty level

Priority enrollment is available to those who meet these criteria:

  • Age 65 years or older
  • Have a disability
  • Limited English proficiency or low literacy skills
  • Reside in a rural area
  • Veterans
  • Have low employment prospects
  • Are homeless or at risk of homelessness

More information

For more information about SCSEP and to apply, contact the U.S. Department of Labor or call 877.US2.JOBS (877.872.5627).