Senior Community Service Employment Program


  • Rose Zibert – Regional Administrator
  • US Department of Labor
  • 230 S Dearborn St 6th Floor
  • Chicago, IL 60604
  • Phone: 312-596-5400
  • Fax: 312-596-5401
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  • Email:
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Purpose of the Program

The goal of The SCSEP is the enhancement of employment opportunities for older Americans and the promotion of older workers as a solution for businesses seeking a trained, qualified, and reliable workforce. Our strategy is to utilize a service approach that can respond quickly and effectively to the changing needs of business.

Who is Eligible

Program participants must be at least 55 years of age and have a family income of no more than 25% over the Federal poverty level. Enrollment priority is given to persons over age 60, Veterans, and qualified spouses of veterans.

Application Process

Program participants are placed in a wide variety of community service positions at non-profit and public facilities, including day care centers, senior centers, governmental agencies, schools, hospitals, libraries and landscaping centers. These positions are training assignments designed to provide skills and experience to enable a participant to obtain an unsubsidized job.

Availability of Funds

Funding for FY 2013: $3,453,910

How Funds are to be used

Participants work on average 20 hours a week and receive the highest of Federal minimum wage, State minimum wage or prevailing wage. Our goal is to move our participants into unsubsidized positions to increase their earnings.

Types of Assistance

Volunteers, training

Year Program was established

1965