The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work-based job training program for older Americans. Authorized by the Older Americans Act, the program provides training for low-income, unemployed seniors.

How Does SCSEP Work

SCSEP participants gain work experience in a variety of community service activities at non-profit and public facilities, including schools, hospitals, day-care centers, and senior centers.

Participants work an average of 20 hours a week and are paid the highest of federal, state, or local minimum wage. This training serves as a bridge to unsubsidized employment opportunities for participants.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Unemployed
  • Participants must be at least 55 years of age
  • Meet the household income guidelines below

Annual Income Guidelines

  • 1 person household: $18,225
  • 2 person household: $24,650
  • 3 person household: $31,075
For more information, contact SCSEProgram or call (313)446-4444.



Partnership Between Detroit Area Agency on Aging and MACC Development Creates Opportunities for Seniors


In a heartwarming partnership that bridges community development with employment opportunities, Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA) and MACC Development are joining forces to support seniors through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). This initiative is already making a tangible difference in the lives of local residents in the 48214 area.

Deborah, a resident from this Detroit neighborhood, recently found employment with MACC Development through SCSEP. She now works at The Commons, a social enterprise coffee shop and coin laundry located in Islandview. Her warm and welcoming presence has quickly made her an integral part of the team, bringing a new energy to the vibrant community hub.

Antoine Jackson, Executive Director of MACC Development, praised the collaboration with DAAA, highlighting its impact on both the organization and the community. “This opportunity for Deborah is an example of what happens when organizations collaborate for the good of the whole community,” said Jackson. “We are blessed to have learned about the program through a brief conversation with Ron Taylor, CEO of Detroit Area Agency on Aging.”

Taylor shared his enthusiasm for the partnership, emphasizing DAAA’s commitment to providing seniors with the skills and support needed to re-enter the workforce. “DAAA is committed to training and assisting with developing seniors so that they can re-enter the workforce and remain within their community,” he said. “Our collaboration with MACC Development underscores the power of serving our seniors through quality experiences right in their community.”

This partnership not only benefits the organizations involved but also creates a ripple effect throughout the community, offering new employment prospects and fostering a sense of unity. As more seniors like Deborah find meaningful work through SCSEP, the Islandview neighborhood becomes an even more vibrant and welcoming place to live and thrive.

MACC Development, Executive Director
7900 Mack Avenue | Detroit, MI 48214
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