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Senior Community Service Employment Program.

People who are 55 years of age or older and who are looking for work may be able to get a job from the Senior Community Service Employment Program, or SCSEP. The service was created by the U.S. Department of Labor for low income seniors who need a full or part-time job or new skills in order to gain employment. Learn more on the SCSEP program and how to apply below.

Every year tens of thousands of individuals over the age of 55 benefit from this program. There are companies that offer part time jobs to senior citizens and people over the age of 55 or 60. Job training as part of return to work is also available.

A number of employers and corporations, as well as non-profits, participate in the SCSEP program.  The positions generally start as community service type roles that can evolve into other full or part time work. All sorts of jobs are available, from medical, hospitality, IT, legal, teaching and other full or time time positions. The Senior Community Service Employment Program will also coordinate work from home jobs too.

Applicants do need to meet certain qualifications, including income limits. The SCSEP program does have limited funding as well, so not everyone will be able to benefit from it. In addition, employers need to be part of the program as well.

This program was originally created and authorized by the Older Americans Act. It is one of the primary government programs that provides subsidized, service-based job training for low-income persons 55 or older. A major focus is on helping people who have poor employment prospects and who are currently unemployed or that need help re-entering the workforce. It will also help people establish passive income, and learn how to start a passive income with no money.

Types of jobs for seniors from SCSEP

If you apply to the Senior Community Service Employment Program and are found to be eligible, individuals will initially more than likely be placed into a part time job that involves working in the community. In rare occasions full time work may be arranged too. Some remote - at home positions may be offered to some older people as well. That community service type job will be the typical starting position for a new candidate. The goal is to transition individuals into full time, more permanent employment opportunities with businesses that are also local to your community.




The program will help low to moderate income persons who are aggressively looking for a new job and who want to reenter the workforce. Senior Community Service Employment Program can also help women who need to re-enter the workforce after saying caring for kids, or people who are “un-retiring and need a job. Guidelines for who can be assisted are created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor.

The federal government and the SCSEP team believe that everyone should be able to achieve the American Dream, regardless of their age. Having a full time job can promote economic self-sufficiency for older individuals, and the income can help people pay their bills and provide for their basic needs.

The program improves the employment opportunities for unemployed senior citizens and older Americans. It helps them bring many skills and experiences to employers to benefit them. It also promotes older individuals as a solution for businesses seeking reliable, trained, and qualified employees.

Benefits of the Senior Community Service Employment Program

Seniors will receive access to a number of free job training or placement services. These can include free physical examination, job orientation, community service assignments, employment training opportunities, and a host of other supportive services. Participants will also have access to both SCSEP services and other employment assistance through One-Stop Career Centers that are located in every state.

Each candidate will also need to go through a full application and assessment process. A case manager will need to get information about the applicants previous work history, physical capabilities, interests and skills, potential for performing community service assignments, need for supportive services, and potential for transition to a full time regular job opportunity.





After the applicant successfully enrolls, they will be placed into some type of community service assignments. This can include a job with local non-profit and/or public facility, including hospitals, day-care centers, senior centers, and hospitals.

After the senior or elderly person is placed, individuals will usually work up to 20 hours per week in a part-time role (with the potential to work more). The salary paid out will usually be minimum wage; however it will be the highest of federal, state or local minimum wage. Some limited so called fringe benefits, including health insurance, may also be paid out to the senior citizen, depending on the position and where the candidate is placed.

SCSEP will provide candidates with both community services and work-based job training. Employees will be placed in a wide variety of community service activities, which will help them gain a diverse set of skills. Every non-profit or public employer may have their own specialties and job training programs. Seniors who are part of SCSEP will benefit from working at these various locations and can use all of the training and skills they gain in their quest for full time employment.

The more skills someone over 55 gains the better. After all it is intended that this part time job leads to full time employment opportunities for the individuals. Senior Community Service Employment Program goal is to place up to 30% of seniors into full time employment and positions.

Other Job Participant Services for older workers can include one or more of the following: Individual Employment Plan (IEP) development,

  • Fringe benefits such as health or dental insurance or retirement plans.
  • Job orientation including community service placement,
  • Access to local One-Stop Career Centers that are are part of the SCSEP program.
  • Training specific to community service assignment.
  • Supportive services to help the older worker with home care, transportation to work, free rides and more. As the goal is to ensure the senior citizen can get a ride to work or have transportation. Find free rides for seniors.
  • Competitive wages and pay for the position.
  • Annual physicals and free medical-checkups as part of the Senior Community Service Employment Program.
  • Assistance in securing full time unsubsidized employment.

The agencies that offer senior citizens, older people and the elderly jobs can provide other income based programs as well. They also try to find other senior citizen focused jobs which may be easier on the body and have less stress.





Conditions, eligibility criteria for SCSEP jobs, and who to contact

While each state may place its own conditions on the program, and criteria may change from year to year, in general program participants must be unemployed, at least 55 years of age, and meet certain low income thresholds. Many states also offer SCSEP to middle income families too.

The program does run in most states, however funding will vary every year as is determined by the U.S. Department of Labor and their budgeting process. Only a select number of qualified applicants will be able to benefit from the Senior Community Service Employment Program.Senior Citizen Job Program

To learn more on SCSEP, including whether this service is available in your region, contact a local community action agency for job programs. These non-profits provide a wide variety of grant programs, free job training or placement and more to seniors as well as others.

Another place to try for information, or senior job placement, is an agency on aging center. These help older Americans get financial aid, benefits such as Meals on Wheels, and more. The non-profits provide career counseling as well as applications/workshops about Senior Community Service Employment Program. Find more information on these agency on aging agencies, including phone numbers and addresses.

There is a federal Government Department of Labor portal as well, and read more here. Or call 1-877-872-5627, as there are multiple places for older workers as part of the Senior Community Service Employment Program. The goal is to help older worker get a job and/or re-enter the workforce in a part time or full-time jobs.


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