US Department of Labor awards $225 million to Senior Community Service Employment Program grantees

Jan 29, 2010, 12:55 ET from U.S. Department of Labor

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor today announced $225 million in additional funding for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) in fiscal year 2010. This funding was provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 to allow SCSEP grantees to immediately address unmet needs for employment and job training among low-income, older American workers.

"This additional funding greatly expands SCSEP's ability to serve older workers who face challenges in re-entering the workforce and attaining economic stability," said Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. "The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to expanding employment opportunities to even more low-income seniors and to enhancing their own career opportunities as they dedicate millions of hours to nonprofit and civic organizations."

This additional funding is a much needed opportunity for high-performing grantees to serve unemployed, low- income seniors. Successful applicants were chosen based on demonstrated need among the older worker populations they serve; the capacity to immediately and effectively expend the additional funds; and past performance in serving older workers.

SCSEP is a community service and work-based training program for older workers. It provides part-time, community service-based job training for unemployed, low-income individuals age 55 or older.  Through this program, older workers have access to SCSEP services as well as other employment assistance available through the workforce investment system.

Senior Community Service Employment Program grantees

    Grantee                                              Funding Amount
    Alabama                                                    $824,520
    Alaska                                                     $300,000
    Arizona                                                    $657,582
    Arkansas                                                   $645,921
    California                                               $4,239,993
    Connecticut                                                $540,589
    Delaware                                                   $940,000
    District of Columbia                                       $286,431
    Florida                                                  $2,916,761
    Georgia                                                  $1,097,315
    Hawaii                                                     $610,000
    Idaho                                                      $263,152
    Illinois                                                 $1,859,350
    Indiana                                                  $1,294,993
    Iowa                                                       $439,776
    Kentucky                                                   $451,164
    Massachusetts                                            $1,077,144
    Michigan                                                 $1,100,000
    Minnesota                                                $1,126,942
    Missouri                                                 $1,086,800
    Montana                                                    $280,000
    Nebraska                                                   $330,000
    Nevada                                                     $263,152
    New Hampshire                                              $263,152
    New Jersey                                               $1,395,850
    New Mexico                                                 $278,363
    New York                                                 $2,049,113
    North Carolina                                             $907,038
    North Dakota                                               $265,422
    Ohio                                                     $2,158,322
    Oregon                                                     $400,000
    Pennsylvania                                               $754,230
    Rhode Island                                               $266,260
    South Carolina                                             $673,719
    South Dakota                                               $335,000
    Texas                                                    $2,743,288
    Utah                                                       $330,808
    Virginia                                                 $1,073,110
    Washington                                                 $649,210
    Wisconsin                                                $1,266,754
    AARP Foundation                                         $37,873,312
    National Able                                            $3,188,511
    Asociacion Nacional Pro Personas Mayores                 $4,705,414
    Easter Seals                                             $9,158,174
    Experience Works                                        $49,405,014
    Goodwill                                                 $4,644,862
    Mature Services                                          $2,844,985
    National Caucus on Black Aged                            $7,508,788
    National Coalition on Aging                             $14,511,583
    National Urban League                                    $4,810,050
    Quality Career Services                                    $746,977
    SER Jobs for Progress                                   $13,743,000
    Senior Service America                                  $28,674,012
    The Workplace Inc.                                         $230,000
    Vermont Associates for Training and Development          $1,058,111
    Institute for Indian Development                           $545,680
    National Asian Pacific Center on Aging                   $2,910,300


SOURCE U.S. Department of Labor