Senior Community Service Employment Program

Senior Community Service Employment ProgramThe Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a paid community service and work based training program for income eligible job seekers age 55-plus. The only U.S. Department of Labor funded program authorized by the Older Americans Act, SCSEP provides service-based training at local non-profit and public organizations. Each SCSEP participant provides an average of 20 community service hours per week to prepare for unsubsidized opportunities with our employer network.

SCSEP is included in Ohio's Unified Workforce Plan.


SCSEP is open to income-eligible, unemployed Ohioans age 55 and older. Priority is given to participants who are veterans, spouses of veterans, those over 65, minorities and those with limited English or literacy.

To be eligible for SCSEP, the combined incomes of all family members in the household must not exceed the following:

2019 SCSEP Income Guidelines
Family Size Maximum Income*
1 $15,613
2 $21,138
3 $26,663
4 $32,188
Add $5,525 for each additional family member.

This information is offered as a general guideline. Not all income applies. Your SCSEP provider will help you determine if you are eligible.

Job seekers also may determine their eligibility by applying online through the Ohio Benefit Bank.™


State Program

The Ohio Department of Aging is one of seven organizations funded by the U.S. Department of Labor to operate SCSEP. We currently operate our program through a sub-grant to Vantage Aging. The SCSEP handbook and policies below apply to the Ohio Department of Aging administered SCSEP Positions.

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) Handbook
Policy 101: Grievances
Policy 102: Participant Involuntary Termination
Policy 103: Duration of Program Participation
Policy 104: Obtaining Advice and Recommendation on SCSEP State Plan

With the exception of the grievance policy outlined on pages 22-24 in the handbook, the information, procedures and requirements included in the handbook apply to all Vantage Aging SCSEP participants (state and federally funded programs).