Senior Community Service Employment Program

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The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides part-time work-based training opportunities at local community service agencies for older workers who have poor employment prospects and assists with the transition of individuals to private or other employment opportunities in the community. The program provides a variety of supportive services to the individual such as personal and job-related counseling, job training, and job referral.

Individuals who participate in the program must be residents of California, be at least 55 years of age, and have an income that does not exceed 125 percent of the federal poverty level. ($1,163.58 per month/$13,963.00 annual). The SCSEP Eligibility Calculator is available on the website to assist individuals in determining SCSEP income eligibility. The Calculator is intended to be a guide. Some income sources may be excludable, and other factors may effect an individual's eligibility. It is strongly recommended that individuals confirm their eligibility results with SCSEP program staff.

The work-based training is an integral part of the program. Individuals may receive job-related training prior to, and as preparation for their community service assignment, and train for an average 20 hours per week. After a prescribed period of on-the-job training, individuals are either transitioned into unsubsidized employment or rotated to other training positions in the community to further upgrade their skills and assist in finding unsubsidized employment.

For more information about this program in your area, call your local Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-510-2020, or contact the programs operating in specific counties in the State. (Area Agencies on Aging in California with Senior Community Service Employment (Title V) Programs)

In addition to the programs administered by the California Department of Aging through local Area Agencies on Aging, other national organizations operate SCSEP in California can be found here.

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Updated May 31, 2011

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