NAPCA is engaging in a Public Awareness Campaign to inform policy makers on the successful impacts of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).
Since 1989, the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) has fostered economic self-sufficiency among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) older adults through SCSEP. In fiscal year 2016, NAPCA SCSEP served just under 1,000 participants through 10 project sites in eight states and partnered with over 420 nonprofit organizations that contributed more than $1.17 million of in-kind support back into the communities. In addition, approximately 668,000 hours of community service were provided by NAPCA SCSEP participants at a value of over $15 million.
What is SCSEP?
Authorized through Title V of the Older Americans Act (OAA), the Senior Community Service Employment Program is the only federal job training program focused exclusively on helping low-income older Americans return to the workforce. Through the program jobseekers, 55 years old or older, update their skills and contribute to their communities through paid, on-the-job training at schools, hospitals, senior centers and other non-profit or public facilities
- As required by the OAA, 75% of SCSEP funds are used for wages for participants, who include veterans, individuals with disabilities, rural residents, and other most-in-need older Americans
- Annually, over 65,000 older workers representing all 50 states and nearly all 3,000 U.S. counties and territories receive job training in their communities through SCSEP
Impact of SCSEP Nationally (2016 stats):
- The 65,000+ SCSEP participants received on-the-job-training at 20,000 local nonprofit and government programs, including libraries, senior centers and schools
- Participants provided nearly 35 million staffing hours to local programs
- Value of work performed by SCSEP participants exceeded $820 million, using Independent Sector estimates
Elimination of SCSEP means:
- Significant job loss in EVERY state and tens of thousands of older workers with significant employment barriers would be harmed including:
- Almost 18,000 older Americans residing in rural areas
- More than 8,400 veterans
- Nearly 35,000 homeless or at risk of homelessness
- More than 13,000 individuals with disabilities
- Nearly 4,800 individuals aged 75 or older
NAPCA tells Congress why SCSEP is important and valuable to our communities!
Over 755 comment cards have been collected from low income adults aged 55 and older in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington!
Older adults who have benefited from the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) and other community members share their personal stories in the following publications: