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Are you 55 or older, unemployed and looking to reenter the workforce? If so, you may qualify for the Senior Community Service Employment Program.

What is the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)?

The SCSEP is funded under Title V of the Older Americans Act and the U.S. Department of Labor. It serves unemployed, low-income persons who are 55 and older and who have few employment prospects by placing them in part-time community service positions and by helping them find a job.


What are the purposes of SCSEP?

  • To foster and promote useful part-time opportunities in community service activities for eligible individuals;
  • To foster individual economic self-sufficiency;
  • To increase the number of older persons who may enjoy the benefits of a regular job after participating in the SCSEP.


Who is eligible to participate in the SCSEP?

Anyone who is at least 55 years old and is a member of a family with an income that is not more than 125 percent of the approved poverty income levels. See the chart below:

2014 HHS Poverty Guidelines for SCSEP

2014 HHS Poverty Guidelines for SCSEP


Are there any priorities for selecting eligible individuals for the SCSEP?

Yes, in selecting eligible individuals for participation in the SCSEP, priority must be given to:

  1. Individuals who are at least 60 years old; and,
  2. Veterans as described in the Jobs for Veterans Act, Public Law 107-288 (2002)


What services are provided through the SCSEP?

  • Participants receive orientation, community service assignments, training opportunities, supportive services, and are offered a free physical examination.
  • Assessments are completed to obtain information about the participant's work history, skills and interests, talents, physical capabilities, need for supportive services, potential for performing community service assignments and potential for transition to a regular job.
  • Participants usually work up to 20 hours per week and receive the minimum wage, which is currently $7.93 an hour. Limited fringe benefits are also provided.


Where are participants assigned to work while in the program?

  • Public or private non-profit organizations
  • Governmental entities.


What types of training programs are offered through the SCSEP?

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Classroom Instruction
  • Individual Instruction
  • On-the-Job Experiences
  • Other Related Activities


How do interested parties qualify for the program?

You must meet the following guidelines to qualify for the SCSEP program:


How many SCSEP positions are in Florida?

Florida currently has 3,399 SCSEP positions, of which 692 are state positions and 2,707 are national positions. You can find out more about program operators by clicking on the links below:

DOEA SCSEP Subgrantees

National SCSEP Sponsors




Contact Us

For more information about the Senior Employment program, contact:

Tom Looft
Department of Elder Affairs
Senior Community Service Employment Program
4040 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-7000
Phone: 850- 414-2351

Or you may e-mail us at:

Please be sure to include your name, address, and phone number with your message.

Thank you!


Last updated: 7/25/2013
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