SCSEP for Older Adults
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SCSEP for Older Adults


If you’re older, unemployed, and have a modest income, the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) can help you get back on your feet. It provides training and part-time community service work that will start you on the path toward financial stability.

How do I know if I’m eligible for SCSEP?

To be eligible for SCSEP, you must be:

  • 55 or older
  • Unemployed
  • Living on a family income of no more than 125% of the federal poverty level (if you’re not sure, contact a local SCSEP office)

How do I apply?

To apply, simply contact your local NCOA SCSEP office to complete an application. If you’re eligible and there is no waiting list, you will be enrolled to work at a training site.

What kind of training and work will I get?

You will be trained in all the skills you need to do your job, including using a computer. You will serve in a vital community service position such as (but not limited to):

  • Child care provider
  • Customer service representative
  • Teachers’ aide
  • Computer technician
  • Building maintenance worker
  • Health care worker

What are the hours and pay?

You will work an average of 20 hours a week and earn whichever is highest—the federal, state, or local minimum wage.

Most participants are with SCSEP for about six months before we help them find a more permanent job.

I’d like to work as a direct care worker. Can SCSEP help?

Yes. We’re pioneering a program to train mature workers to be direct care providers to elderly and disabled persons who need non-medical assistance in their home. If you’re interested, please contact your local NCOA SCSEP office.

Where can I get more information?

You can learn more about SCSEP at the U.S. Department of Labor.


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