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Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

Tom Looft,
SCSEP State Director

Phone: (850) 414-2351
looftt@elderaffairs.org

If you are 55 or older, unemployed and looking to reenter the workforce, you may qualify for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Programs are administered in each of Florida’s 67 counties as identified in the Directory of Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) Projects.

The SCSEP is a program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that serves low-income persons who are 55 and older and have poor employment prospects. Eligible individuals are placed in part-time community service positions with a goal of transitioning to unsubsidized employment.

The program serves low-income persons, as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Annual Poverty Guidelines below:

HHS Poverty Guideline for SCSEP

2014 HHS Poverty Guidelines for SCSEP

SCSEP Program Purpose

    • 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.

Program Qualifications

Services Provided

    • 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. Limited fringe benefits are also provided.

Participants are assigned to work in the following type of entities:

    • Public or private non-profit organizations
    • Governmental entities

Permissible training activities:

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

SCSEP Positions in Florida

Florida currently has 2,579 SCSEP positions of which 525 are state positions, and 2,054 are national positions. You can find out more about program operators by visiting the websites below:

DOEA SCSEP Subgrantees:

National SCSEP Sponsors:

SCSEP Related Information


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