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ETA News Release: [07/26/2012]
Contact Name: Jason Kuruvilla or Mary Brandenberger
Phone Number: (202) 693-6587 or x4651
Release Number: 12-1525-NAT

US Labor Department announces nearly $260 million in grants to provide job training and related services to unemployed, low-income seniors

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of nearly $260 million in grants to 15 nonprofit organizations across the country to provide critical job training and related services through Senior Community Service Employment Program jobs.

"The federal grants announced today will provide job training to enhance low-income seniors' employment opportunities and contribute millions of community service hours to nonprofit and civic organizations throughout the country," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "These organizations are crucial partners in serving seniors who face challenges in re-entering the workforce and attaining economic stability."

Sixteen one-year grants are being made to 15 national nonprofit organizations 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 35,000 positions. In addition, state and territorial grantees that previously received funding through this program will continue to support more than 10,000 positions.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program, authorized by Title V of the Older Americans Act, is the only federally sponsored employment and training program targeted specifically to unemployed, low-income individuals age 55 and older. Individuals served by the grants receive training through part-time, service-oriented positions in their communities while earning the highest of the federal, state or local minimum wage. The program has dual goals of promoting community service and helping participants achieve economic self-sufficiency by guiding them into unsubsidized employment, where appropriate. Program participants provide more than 48 million hours of community service to public agencies and nonprofit organizations annually.

The Government Accountability Office reports in its paper "Unemployed Older Workers: Many Experience Challenges Regaining Employment and Face Reduced Retirement Security" that older workers who become unemployed tend to stay unemployed longer, and those who regain employment generally sustain greater wage losses than do younger workers. According to the 2011 SCSEP Customer Satisfaction Survey, program participants who attained unsubsidized employment indicated that SCSEP was very helpful in preparing them for a job.

Editor's note: A breakdown of the grantees, their locations and award amounts follows this news release.

Senior Community Service Employment Program Grantees

Grantee

City

State

Amount

AARP Foundation Inc.

Washington

D.C.

$51,997,773

Asociación Nacional Pro Personas Mayores

Pasadena

Calif.

$6,436,990

Easter Seals Inc.

Chicago

Ill.

$13,114,000

Experience Works Inc.

Arlington

Va.

$64,900,844

Goodwill Industries Inc.

Rockville

Md.

$8,466,277

Mature Services Inc.

Akron

Ohio

$3,804,007

National Asian Pacific Center on Aging*

Seattle

Wash.

$6,639,267.50

National Able Network Inc.

Chicago

Ill.

$4,371,334

National Caucus and Center on Black Aged Inc.

Washington

D.C.

$10,379,190

National Council on Aging

Washington

D.C.

$19,121,856

National Indian Council on Aging

Albuquerque

N.M.

$4,580,886.50

National Urban League Inc.

New York City

N.Y.

$6,560,636

SER – Jobs for Progress Inc.

Irving

Texas

$18,889,106

Senior Service America Inc.

Silver Spring

Md.

$37,690,930

Vermont Associates for Training and Development Inc.

St. Albans

Vt.

$2,865,734

Total

$259,818,830


*The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging is receiving a $2,058,382 grant from the program's general funds and a $4,580,885.50 grant to serve Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.