c. 4. C. Serves individuals afforded priority for service under 20 CFR 641.520. (20 CFR 641.302(a), 641.365, 641.520)
Program eligible older workers must be residents of Indiana, 55 years of age or older, unemployed, with family income at 125% or less of the federal poverty line (after allowable exclusions), as established by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (US DHHS). Service priority is given to individuals meeting one or more of the barriers to employment:
- Is a veteran or a spouse of veteran,
- Is 65 years of age or older,
- Has a disability,
- Has limited English proficiency,
- Has low literacy skills,
- Resides in a rural area,
- Has low employment prospects,
- Has failed to find employment after utilizing services provided under Title I of WIOA of 2014, or
- Is homeless or at risk for homelessness.
In addition to the above barriers to employment warranting priority of service, SCSEP clients that interface with the WorkOne system may also be eligible for WIOA priority of service. The GWC and DWD are reviewing the WIOA Priority of Service policy to better align with the current federal vision. DWD expects to publish updated guidance in 2020. Additionally, local areas must have written policies that delineate how they will administer priority of service. DWD will review data and local policies to ensure priority of service is being carried out appropriately and will provide technical assistance, as needed.