Tribal Elder Job Placement

Pukúu and the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians is pleased to announce is part of the national network of organizations to host Tribal Elder Job Placement.

NICOA Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

The National Indian Council on Aging, Inc. (NICOA), through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), is part of a network of national organizations and state governments that offer the only federally assisted job training program focused on the needs of low income older adults. SCSEP is authorized by the Older Americans Act Title V and administered through grants from the U.S. Department of Labor. NICOA, which has been a grantee since 1989, was awarded a new competitive grant in 2012. SCSEP fits well within NICOA’s overall mission to advocate for improved comprehensive health, social services, and economic well being for American Indian and Alaska Native Elders.


The NICOA SCSEP mission is to provide opportunity for low income elders through:

  • paid  training
  • meaningful community service
  • skills development

The goals of SCSEP are to transition participants into unsubsidized employment so that they can achieve economic self-sufficiency, and to promote useful opportunities in community service.

Who is eligible to participate in SCSEP?

Anyone is eligible that is at least 55 years old (there is no upper age limit), unemployed, and who is a member of a family with an income that is not more than 125 percent of the family income levels established by the Federal government (Health & Human Services poverty levels).  Although NICOA has a special purpose in working with American Indian elders, it is not required that applicants be Native American to participate in SCSEP.

Priorities for enrollment include eligible persons who have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Veteran or qualifying spouse of a veteran
  • Age 65 or older
  • Limited English or low literacy skills
  • Reside in a rural area
  • Disabled
  • Low employment prospects
  • Failed to find employment through the employment One-Stop System
  • Homeless or at risk of becoming homeless

Download and complete the pre-application: NICOA-Pre Application

Learn more visit these websites:
National Indian Council on Aging, Inc.: http://nicoa.org/elder-jobs/
California SCSEP state website: http://www.aging.ca.gov/ProgramsProviders/SCSEP/