DOL Issues $140M in Grants for Senior Employment Initiatives

October 25, 2016 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

olderSometimes we find it necessary to follow up on a blog post from earlier in the year that warrants further mention. Last March, we posted that the Department of Labor (DOL) was making $338 million in grants available for national organizations to provide critical job training and related services to low-income, older American workers through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Now we hear that the agency recently awarded more than $140 million in grants to 19 nonprofit organizations in 14 states under this program.

“The grants provide important opportunities for low-income seniors to improve their employment situation and contribute to the mission of nonprofit organizations nationwide,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “These funds support our goal of helping every American who wants to work find a job that leads to better economic stability.”

The SCSEP fosters economic self-sufficiency for older, low-income adults by providing tangible job skills training through community service assignments at nonprofit and public facilities. Participants are unemployed, low-income individuals ages 55 years and older with poor employment prospects who will gain access to needed services. These services include orientations, community service assignments, occupational, work skills and aptitude assessments, skills training, free physical examinations, an assessment of needs-based supportive services and job search assistance. Participants can also receive employment assistance through the American Job Centers.

Twenty grants were awarded through the program’s general funds or funds set aside by statute to serve Native Americans or Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. The grants will support more than 34,000 positions. In addition, state and territorial entities, which are awarded separately from this competition through a formula process, provide services for an additional 10,000 positions.

These awards provide funding through the end of program year 2016. After this year, the department expects these recipients to receive approximately $337 million annually for an additional three years, subject to appropriations. As our society ages, the ability to find employment opportunities for older American is crucial. More information on the Senior Community Service Employment Program is available here.

Let us know what you think of this program. We’d love to hear from you.

Photo courtesy of Haddenham.net.

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