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Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

The Senior Community Service Employment Program, funded under Title V of the Older Americans Act through the U.S. Department of Labor, enables us to help employ low-income individuals, age 55 and older, throughout the Commonwealth. Enrollees are placed in temporary training assignments where they gain valuable on-the-job work experience and training needed to gain employment in the private sector.  Enrollees benefit from training, counseling, and community service assignments at non-profit organizations in their communities, prior to transitioning into the private sector.  Participants are placed at eligible training sites for which they are paid minimum wage for 20 hours per week.

Program Qualifications

  • Age 55 and over;
  • Massachusetts residents; and
  • Have income at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Level ($13,000 per year for one person).

 The priority for enrollment is in the following order:

  • Eligible individuals age 60 and over
  • Eligible individuals who are unemployed at time of enrollment
  • Veterans or the spouse of a veteran who died of a service connected disability, a member of the Armed Forces on active duty missing in action more than 90 days, captured, detained by a foreign government, and the spouse of a totally disabled veteran due to a service connected disability, and who meet program eligibility requirements
  • Persons with the greatest economic need
  • Other individuals at least 60 years of age
  • Veterans and qualified spouses age 55 - 59
  • Other individuals age 55 - 59

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