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Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

Contact

133-14 41st Avenue, 7th Floor
Flushing, NY 11355
Telephone: 
(718) 358-8899
Fax: 
(718) 762-6672
Program contact: 
Penny Shen

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work-based job training program for older Americans administered by the United States Department of Labor. Authorized by the Older Americans Act, the program provides training for low-income, unemployed seniors.

CPC SCSEP participants gain work experience in a variety of community service activities at non-profit and public facilities, including schools, hospitals, day-care centers and senior centers. Participants work an average of 20 hours a week and are paid the highest of federal, state or local minimum wage. This training serves as a bridge to unsubsidized employment opportunities for participants.

Participants must be at least 55, unemployed and have a family income of no more than 125% of the federal poverty level. Enrollment priority is as follow:

  • Veterans and qualified spouses
  • Individuals who are over 65
  • Have a disability
  • Have low literacy skills or limited English proficiency
  • Reside in a rural area
  • Homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • Have low employment prospects, or have failed to find employment after using services through the American Job Center system.

Each year, approximately 150 CPC SCSEP participants provide over 100,000 community service hours to public and non-profit agencies, allowing them to enhance and provide needed services.