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News Release

US Labor Department announces more than $140 million in grants to provide job training services to unemployed, low-income older adults

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of more than $140 million in grants to 19 non-profit organizations nationwide to provide critical job training and employment services through the Senior Community Service Employment Program.

“The grants announced today provide important opportunities for low-income seniors to improve their employment situation and contribute to the mission of non-profit organizations nationwide,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “These funds support our goal of helping every American who wants to work find a job that leads to better economic stability.”

Twenty grants are being awarded to 19 national non-profit 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 34,000 positions. In addition, state and territorial grantees, which are awarded separately from this competition through a formula process, provide services for an additional 10,000 positions.

These awards provide funding through the end of Program Year 2016. After Program Year 2016, the department expects these grantees to receive approximately $337 million annually for an additional three years, subject to appropriations.

The SCSEP fosters economic self-sufficiency for older, low-income adults by providing tangible job skills training through community service assignments at non-profit and public facilities. Participants are unemployed, low-income individuals ages 55 years and older with poor employment prospects who will gain access to needed services. These services include orientations, community service assignments, occupational, work skills and aptitude assessments, skills training, free physical examinations, an assessment of needs-based supportive services and job search assistance. Participants can also receive employment assistance through the American Job Centers.

SCSEP participants spend more than 34 million hours per year working in community service assignments at public agencies and non-profit organizations while simultaneously developing crucial job skills that foster self-sufficiency.

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

Senior Community Service Employment Program General Grantees

Grantee

City

State

2016 Award

Asociación Nacional Pro Personas Mayores

Pasadena

CA

$6,182,475

The WorkPlace

Bridgeport

CT

$5,123,777

AARP Foundation

Washington

DC

$20,543,597

National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc.

Washington

DC

$10,894,087

Easter Seals, Inc.

Chicago

IL

$9,839,429

National Able Network, Inc.

Chicago

IL

$2,380,051

Senior Service America, Inc.

Silver Spring

MD

$20,531,474

Goodwill Industries, Inc.

Rockville

MD

$9,803,062

Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston

Boston

MA

$2,198,213

The National Urban League

New York

NY

$6,251,169

Mature Services, Inc.

Akron

OH

$2,056,784

SER-Jobs for Progress National, Inc.

Irving

TX

$10,138,451

National Older Worker Career Center, Inc.

Arlington

VA

$905,147

Experience Works, Inc.

Arlington

VA

$4,784,347

The National Council on Aging

Arlington

VA

$15,698,638

Vermont Associates for Training and Development, Inc.

Saint Albans

VT

$4,263,079

The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging*

Seattle

WA

$3,923,649

Sub-Total General Grants

 

 

$135,517,428

 

Senior Community Service Employment Program Set-Aside Grantees

Grantee

City

State

2016 Award

Institute for Indian Development, Inc.

Houma

LA

$929,392

The National Indian Council on Aging

Albuquerque

NM

$1,616,333

The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging*

Seattle

WA

$2,545,725

Sub-Total Set-Aside Grants

 

 

$5,091,450

Grand Total

 

 

$140,608,878

 

*The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging is receiving both a grant from the program's general funds and a grant to serve Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders from the program’s set-aside funds.

Agency
Employment & Training Administration
Date
October 20, 2016
Release Number
16-2052-NAT
Contact: Joe Versen
Phone Number