NAPCA Awarded $14 Million to Help America’s Diverse Mature Workforce

By September 29, 2020

SEATTLE, WA, September 28, 2020 – The US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOL-ETA) has awarded the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) $14 million in 2020-21 and for the upcoming 4 years to operate the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), a community service and work-based job training program for older Americans. NAPCA is one of 20 national non-profit organizations to receive the award and will operate SCSEP in 59 counties in 7 states.

 

“NAPCA is the only Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) national organization to receive an award to operate the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) from the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOL-ETA). SCSEP provides job-skills and training to diverse older workers – thereby lifting them out of poverty and restoring their dignity. By 2030, 20% of US workers will be 65 or older,” said Anna E. Crosslin, Chair of NAPCA’s Board of Directors. “They are most at-risk to being left behind because of the socioeconomic inequities that persist in our systems,” she added.

 

SCSEP serves those 55 and older who are unemployed and have a family income of no more than 125% of the federal poverty level. The program provides qualified participants with paid training opportunities through community service activities at non-profit and public facilities to serve as a bridge to long term, unsubsidized employment opportunities. SCSEP prioritizes individuals who are veterans and qualified spouses, are over 65, have a disability, have low literacy skills or limited English proficiency, reside in a rural area, are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and have low employment prospects.

 

“Now more than ever, we need to act to address the poverty crisis impacting our nation’s older adults and acknowledge the importance of the SCSEP program in light of the economic and health inequities accelerated by COVID-19. Prior to the pandemic, more than 7 million older adults were identified to be living below the federal poverty guidelines with the trajectory of reaching 72 million in the next ten years. This award reflects the dedication of NAPCA’s staff and we receive the award as a call to action to stand and serve in the widening gap for our country’s diverse older adults,” said Joon Bang, NAPCA’s President & CEO.

 

For information about NAPCA, visit: www.napca.org and SCSEP, visit: www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/seniors

Contact: info@napca.org

 

 

 

National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA)

Founded in 1979, NAPCA is the only national non-profit organization that preserves and promotes the dignity, well-being, and quality of life of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and diverse older adults. In its 41 years, NAPCA has served over 100,000 diverse older adults through the organization’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), Senior Environmental Employment Program (SEE), Resource Center, and the newly launched Multilingual Helpline. 

 


NAPCA Helpline
The NAPCA Helpline is currently available with live support for residents in Los Angeles and Seattle in five different languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Korean. All Helpline counselors are available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm PST. The Helpline provides resources and information on the COVID-19, voicemail option to collect stories from older adults and their caregivers, and guided meditations in 8 languages.

English: 1-800-336-2722 | 廣東話: 1-800-582-4218 | 普通话: 1-800-683-7427 | 한국어: 1-800-582-4259 | 日本語: 1-800-398-1117 | Tagalog: 1-800-593-8087 | Tiếng Việt: 1-800-582-4336 | Español: 1-800-948-3844

National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA)
Founded in 1979, NAPCA is a national non-profit organization that preserves and promotes the dignity, well-being and quality of life of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and diverse older adults. In its 40 years, NAPCA has served over 100,000 diverse older adults through the organization’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), Senior Environmental Employment Program (SEE), and its Resource Center. For more information, please visit: www.napca.org.

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