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OWEP: Older Worker Employment Program

The Older Worker Employment Program (OWEP) provides training opportunities to homeless older adults with the goal of having them return to (or enter for the first time) the competitive job market, through experience and training at non-profit and/or government partner agencies.

The non-profit organizations provide training that assists seniors in attaining the confidence and skills necessary to transition into unsubsidized employment.

OWEP has partnered with WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) to maximize a wide array of services to job seekers and employers.

Senior Training Program

What is the Training Experience?

Participants train for 20 hours per week while earning a stipend in a supportive environmant at a community service organization near their neighborhood.

Community Service Organizations are partner agencies, providing trainig and work experience to prepare participants for employment in the variety of industries that make-up the diverse economic base of Los Angeles.

Older Workers . . .

  • Are capable, talented, and experienced.
  • Are dedicated to their employers.
  • Comprehend the significance of customer service.
  • Are enthusiastic to learn.
  • Are innovative.
  • Demonstrate good judgement.
  • Exhibit excellent attendance.
  • Welcome long-term basis employment.

Older Worker Employment Program Requirements

(Please bring the following documents to help assess your eligibility)

Elgibility Criteria

  • Older than age 55
  • Unemployed
  • Homeless

Identifying Information

  • Social Security Card
  • Valid California Identification Card or California Driver's License

Income Verification

(for the last 3 months)

  • Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) Benefit Letter, if applicable
  • Social Security Award Letter, if applicable
  • Supplemental Security Income Award Letter, if applicable
  • Social Security Disability Award Letter, if applicable
  • W-2, if applicable
  • IRS Tax Transcripts -or- IRS Non-Filling Tax Letter
  • Bank Statements (last 3 months)

Verification of Address

  • Letter from Shelter of Transitional Houseing (on Letter Head)

WIOA Enrollment

  • Proof of WIOA Orientation from WorkSource, or CalJOBS, or America's Job Center Enrollment.

For more information, please contact the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging

221 N. Figueroa St., Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 482-7265 phone
Monday - Friday, 9am to 4pm