Seniors looking for work have options in New York – Telemundo New York (47)

The Department of Employment Services for the Elderly New York City SESU is part of the federal Senior Citizen Community Services Employment Program. For decades, the program has focused on placing older adults in data processing jobs, clerical work, customer service, security services, airport services, home care, and other fields.


  • Be 55 or older
  • Live in all five boroughs
  • Being unemployed
  • Have a household income of no more than 125 percent of the federal poverty level
  • Be willing to learn new skills

The program offers participants computer classes, customer service, job search techniques, resume writing, and interviews.

It also offers on-the-job training and the opportunity to earn at least minimum wage through placements with government agencies and non-profit organizations throughout the city.

Participants meet regularly with professional counselors to discuss their goals, progress, and concerns.

For more information, call 212-602-6958 or 311 and ask about employment services for seniors. You can also visit SESU on the 6th floor of 2 Lafayette St. in Manhattan.

In the rest of the state there are also placement programs for older adults. The Senior Community Service Employment Program provides part-time community service training for unemployed, low-income individuals age 55 and older. Through this program, older workers have access to SCSEP services and job assistance through American Job Centers. Program participants work an average of 20 hours per week and are paid the highest federal, state, or local minimum wage.

SCSEP participants are placed in a wide variety of community service activities in public and nonprofit facilities, enabling these agencies to improve and provide needed services and older workers to gain job skills. These allocations are intended to serve as a bridge to unsubsidized employment. In turn, regional economies and employers benefit from an expanded pool of experienced and trusted workforces in the local workforce.

Program participants must be at least 55 years old and have a household income of no more than 125% of the federal poverty level. Enrollment priority is given to individuals who are veterans, over 65, have a disability, have limited English proficiency or low literacy skills, reside in a rural area, have low employment prospects; they are either homeless or at risk of homelessness. Individual participation is limited to 48 months, unless an extension is authorized according to legal requirements.

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