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The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides training and employment services to help low-income Texans 55 or older gain the skills needed to get jobs and become financially self-sufficient. SCSEP participants work roughly 20 hours a week for nonprofit organizations, school districts or government offices to receive work-based training and provide valuable services to their communities. Eligible participants earn minimum wage at their work-based training assignments, so they earn income while training.
The types of organizations that offer SCSEP participants work-based training include:
You are eligible for SCSEP if you:
|Number of People in Household||Maximum Yearly Income|
|More than 8||$51,650 plus $5,225 for each additional person|
If you have a documented disability, you are considered to be a family of one, even if you live with several people in your household.
Some income is not included in income eligibility calculations, such as disability benefits and unemployment benefits. You can use the SCSEP Contact Directory to ask the SCSEP representative for your county if you meet the program’s income eligibility requirements.
The first priority for program enrollment is given to veterans and their eligible spouses, as long as their discharge was not dishonorable.
The second priority for program enrollment is given to individuals with at least one of these characteristics:
SCSEP offers these services and benefits:
Your work-based training assignment depends on your job goal, the skills required for the job and the skills you need to learn or improve. Here are some examples of work-based training assignments:
SCSEP is a temporary job training program. The program helps you learn the skills you need and access other resources so you can find a job in one or two years. Some people need more time to complete their training. The longest time that you can stay in SCSEP is 48 months. Some SCSEP organizations let you stay in the program an extra year if you meet certain requirements.