Job training & placement for seniors

Senior Employment Services (SES) | NYC Department of The Aging

1. How it Works

SES helps seniors prepare for and find work while paying them. SES trains seniors to use computers, look for work, and write resumes. Career counselors are also there to give advice.

  • If you are eligible for SES, there are job placements citywide
  • Requires proof of identity, income, where you live, and eligibility to work
  • Apply in person or by mail

More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the SES website for more information.

Call 311

Ask for the Senior Employment Services program.

Visit the office

Senior Employment Services
2 Lafayette St., 6th flr.
New York, NY 10007

2. Determine your eligibility

To be eligible for SES, you must be able to answer yes to these questions:

  • Are you 55 years of age or older?
  • Are you unemployed?

Take a short survey to see if you might be eligible for this or 30 other programs.

3. What you need to include

It’s important to include the right documents when you apply. Your documents show whether the program is right for you.

This page can help you choose the right documents for your application.

Proof of who you are

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For each person applying, any one document:

  • Birth certificate
  • Driver’s license or official photo I.D.
  • Passport
  • IDNYC
  • Green card (copy of the front and back)
  • Military Discharge Form: DD-214
  • Arrival-Departure Record Card: INS form I-94
  • Native American tribal document
  • Naturalization certificate

Proof of where you live

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For the household, any one document:

  • Current letter, lease, or rent receipt from your landlord with your home address on it
  • Driver license
  • Utility bill (gas, electric, or water)
  • Auto insurance policy
  • Correspondence from a government agency which contains name and street address (not a P.O. Box)
  • Documentation from the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
  • Documentation from the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA)
  • Health insurance policy
  • Homeless shelter letters
  • Homeowners insurance policy
  • Life insurance policy

Proof of your income

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For each income source of each income earner, any one document:

Wages & Salary

  • Letter from employer on company letterhead signed and dated (this document is acceptable only if you do not have the other types of documents)
  • Wage information from employers during the last 18 months (including name, address, phone number, and wages)

Income from Rent or Room and Board

  • Letter from roomer, boarder, or tenant

Cash Assistance

  • Cash Assistance Budget Letter
  • Cash Assistance I.D. Card with recent withdrawal receipt
  • EFPT Receipt
  • SNAP Card with photo

Child Support or Alimony

  • Letter from person providing support

Unemployment Income

  • Award letter or certificate

Social Security Benefits (SSI, Dependent, Disability, Survivor’s, or Retirement)

  • Current award letter or certificate

Veteran’s Benefits

  • Current award letter

Support from Family, Gifts, Contributions, Inheritance, or Lottery Winnings

  • Signed statement or letter from family member or person providing support

Proof of citizenship/immigration status

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For each person applying, any one document:

  • Green card
  • Naturalization certificate

Proof of work eligibility

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For each person applying, any one document:

  • US birth certificate
  • US passport
  • Social Security Card or ITIN
  • Military Discharge Form (with birthplace): DD-214
  • Employment Authorization Card: I-688B or I-766
  • Foreign passport, employment authorized
  • Green card (make copy of the front and back)
  • US Citizen ID Card: I-179
  • Permit to Reenter the US: I-327
  • Refugee Travel Document: I-571
  • Employment Authorization Card: I-688A
  • Arrival-Departure Record Card: INS form I-94
  • Naturalization certificate

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply by mail

  1. Download and complete the Employment Assistance Services Form.
  2. Mail the application to:
    Senior Employment Unit/SCSEP-Title V Program
    New York City Department for the Aging
    2 Lafayette St.
    New York, NY 10007

Download the form

Apply in person

  1. Download and complete the Employment Assistance Services Form.
  2. Bring the completed application to the NYC Department of Aging
    2 Lafayette St., 6th flr
    New York, NY 10007

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the SES website for more information.

Call 311

Ask for the Senior Employment Services program.

Visit the office

Senior Employment Services
2 Lafayette St., 6th flr.
New York, NY 10007

Updated January 2, 2018