Texas Jobs, Housing and Resources for Seniors 55+ and Veterans
The Road Of Life Becomes Longer In the 21st Century
A Second Career Or Retirement Career
An acquaintance of mine worked for 25+ years in another profession after earning a degree in engineering. When his company ceased business, he was immediately hired by an aerospace company in a well paying job as a design engineer in a large company at the age of 55. Texas is a primary state in which such a good result can occur.
Spotlight on Wimberley Texas
Wimberley, in central Texas in the Hill Country, is a resort town that grew up around a local trading post started in 1848 before the American Civil War and about the time of the Irish, Welsh and Scottish Potato Famines in the UK.
Today, the resort town is a good place for senior people to retire and start a new career in the Tourism and Hospitality Industries. However, the median age is only about 43, so this is not a town of "old people."
The Blanco River runs through town, many shops and interesting places along its banks. In recent years, flooding has affected the town, but tourism has grown. Jacob's Well and the famous site of billboard fame, Blue Hole, are located nearby. At the nearby state park, visitors can borrow fishing tackle (no fishing license required in the park) and take a canoe trip. Visitors enjoy catching bass, sunfish, trout, and channel catfish. The sunfish is most abundant.
Work In Wimberley
During First Quarter 2016, any day found over 15,000 job openings in and around Wimberley. This includes 6,000 positions for managers, 4,500 nursing jobs and 600 openings for truck drivers. topping all this is the availability of 8,000 jobs in retail, inside, and outside sales.
Several acquaintances have moved to this area. Some have secured part-time or full-time work int eh shops and cafes in the tourist attractions, while others have started home based businesses making items for sale in the shops. For example, well made knit apparel is popular.
Wimberley, in Central Texas
Bonsai and other Asian plants.
During First Quarter 2016, any day found over 15,000 job openings in and around Wimberley.
Job Seekers: 55+, Retirees, Veterans, And Others
I worked with all demographics of workers seeking employment for over 10 years under federal and state funding programs. Those experiences provided me with useful facts to help job seekers in the future, especially since they led to top numbers of long-term employed people in my state..
I saw thousands of adult and youth receive training and gain long term jobs every year and this included Senior Citizens age 55+, Veterans, Displaced Homemakers, Laid Off Workers, and other special groups.
This work and ongoing follow-up with public and private contacts have provided an opportunity to gather resources for Senior Citizens and other special groups of unemployed people.
Living Longer, Working Longer - Texas Makes It Easier
Living longer in the 21st century, many retired individuals need to return to work and maintain a good job for several years, rather than to leave the workplace.
Women and Armed Forces Veterans need employment before and sometimes after retirement age arrives. They may need some specialized assistance in finding work. This Hub contains useful information to help you find a job in Texas, no matter your age or status.
Best Texas Cities For Success
Top cities for finding good work at a living wage in Texas are Houston, Dallas, Austin, El Paso, San Antonio, Fort Worth, and Arlington.
Best Texas Cities For Work At Any Age
The best cities in Texas for senior citizens to find and maintain independent types of employment have been named by several economic publications, including "Zen99."
Top cities are Houston, Dallas, Austin, El Paso, San Antonio, Fort Worth, and Arlington. This work includes contractors, freelancers, and the self employed.
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Jobs for Seniors are Important
At the end of 2014, Texas seniors ages 55 through 64 years old made up approximately 9.7% of the state population. Individuals ages 65 - 74, many of whom may be working, comprise another 5+% of the population, which was over 25 million people total. From 2014, onward, the percentage of senior citizens ages 55 - 74 continued to increase. Jobs for older workers are important and Texas recognizes this.
Seniors Boost the Economy
Employment Resources for Seniors, Veterans, Women, and More
I worked under the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), followed by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). These legislated programs sequentially provided the funding needed for States and Counties to provide Employment and Training to Youth, Adults and Senior Citizens in a number of subcategories. Veterans, Ex-Offenders, and Displaced Homemakers were some of the groups that benefited greatly from these programs.
The WIA is the current legislation under which these funds are allocated and through which additional Stimulus Funding was provided under the Obama Administration.
Texas maintains a large Employment & Training (E & T) program and a wide network of services for all job seekers. In addition, faith-based agencies joined the initiative to help our increasing numbers of Seniors, US Veterans, and single parents find and maintain employment. This work even includes independent contracting and freelancing.
Senior Citizen Rock 'N' Roll, Austin
In Texas, Houston creates more jobs for seniors and all age groups than does any other city.
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Texas can help families and singles of any age find good, affordable housing.
Housing For Veterans
Senior Housing In Texas For Active People
Everyone needs a place to live and if you are moving to Texas as a senior citizen, then these resources may be useful to you.
The following list includes independent living for active seniors in their own dedicated communities.
In Houston, where most jobs are located, you may like to live at:
- Atria Westchase: 11424 Richmond Avenue, Houston TX 77082
- The Hampton at Post Oak: 2929 Post Oak Boulevard, Houston TX 77056, The Hampton includes several location around the city, with different services.
- Paradise Springs: 5600 Cypresswood Drive, Spring TX 77379
- The Terrace at Memorial City: 11900 Barryknoll Lane, Houston TX 77024
- The Terrace at West University: 5151 Buffalo Speedway, Houston TX 77005
- The Bentley: 3362 Forest Lane, Dallas TX 75234
- The El Dorado: 714 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson TX 75080
- Treemont: 5550 Harvest Hill Road, Dallas TX 75230
- Englewood Estates: 2603 Jones Road, Austin TX 78745
- Highland Estates: 1500 N. Lakeline Drive, Cedar Park TX 78613
Golden Girls Home Sharing
Services For Homeless Seniors In Texas
Access Senior Housing Options for the following:
- Assisted Living for Seniors
- Subsidized and Affordable Housing Assistance for Seniors
- Seniors' Home Modification, Home Repair Assistance, Ramps, Design for Aging in Place
- Senior Friendly Communities
- Senior Moving Services and Relocation
- Gay LGBT Senior Housing & Assisted Living
- Senior Home Sharing and Senior CoHousing
- Temporary or Senior Shelter Housing
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Job Listings That Are Veteran- and Senior Friendly
Job search engines currently maintain sublistings of jobs from employers that are particularly friendly and accommodating to special groups like Recent Graduates, LGBT, Single Parents, and others. In Texas, job seekers can search for work that Seniors and Veterans can fill with bosses that will love to have them on board.
During the second half of 2015, about 35,000 jobs across Texas listings fit the category that includes Seniors. The friendly employers are on the list below:
- JC Penney - Salespeople, Salon Staff, Supervisors
- Texas Instruments - IT and Communications, Engineers and Technicians
- Texas Health Resources
- Lockheed Martin - An exciting part of the NASA Commercial Crew
- Hewlitt Packard
- Community Health Systems
- Citi - Banking and Financial Services and Products
- Kforce Inc. - Temporary and Temp-to-Hire work
- Humana - Healthcare and Insurances
Services and Resources For Veterans, Including Seniors 55+
- Job training priorities for Vets: especially in Advanced Engineering, IT field, Petrochemical careers
- College credits for military service
- College and job placement
- Online credentials through education: US Army and US Navy
- Support services
Senior Transportation and Travel In Texas
Houston and other cities in Texas with many job listings offer discounted transportation rates to Senior Citizens to public transport, which helps these individuals maintain a ride to and from work. They can relieve the stress of driving and dealing with automobile traffic as well.
Some outstanding good times can be had by seniors at specialty tours that include:
- Texas Fiesta in San Antonio, Dallas, & Austin - This 12-day tour is sponsored by seniortours.com.
- Diamond Tours sponsors escorted tours for seniors to many sites in Texas. These include a San Antonio specialty tour to see everything from the Alamo to the LBJ ranch. The tours are fun, well-led and some say they are more enjoyable than those offered by AAA.
- Harris County provides transportation to seniors for day trips to 50+ individuals in Precinct 4 in the Senior Adult Program. HQ is located at 1731 Hugh Road; Houston TX 77067. Phone (281) 893-3726. Nearly 100 places of interest comprise a list of places for seniors to go if they live in Precinct 4 of Houston. Check your own county for its Senior Adult Program.
Single and Homeless Seniors In Texas
One of the fast growing segments of the homeless population in America includes Senior Citizens ages 55 and over. Many have no living families. It is important that they can access gainful employment, safe living arrangement, and adequate health care. This is especially true in light of the fact that they may live for additional decades. The largest metro areas in Texas have abundant help available.
Advantages Of Older Workers
Older workers can contribute experience and skills to the workplace that younger individuals have not yet developed.
Our Aging Population Often Needs to Work Longer Before Retirement
During times of national recession and job shrinkage, hiring and placement for older people ages 55 and over becomes even more of an issue than it is in prosperous economic times. Our seniors are living longer and often need to work more years than previously, before they can retire.
One of the fast growing segments of the homeless population in America is Seniors ages 55 and over. Men and women in this category, and often more women than men in most cities, have lost a job through downsizing or other layoff and been unable to find replacement employment. Some have lost their homes because of high medical bills not covered by health insurance, and others are Baby Boomers struggling with substance abuse.
An encouraging light is cast by the Columbus, Ohio homeless gentleman that was once a famous radio announcer. After many struggles through helping programs, he is a spokesman and announcer for Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. He is only one of many older people needing help and many of them cannot find it.
Senior Citizens age 55+ are not the only sector of the American population that can use some help in finding jobs.
County workforce offices in the last few decades have provided targeted programs for Seniors, Displaced Homemakers, Veterans, newer veterans of the Wars In Iraq and Afghanistan, Welfare2Work clients, Noncustodial Parents, Displaced Workers, Ex-Felons, and from time to time, other special groups. In the past, these special groups have included targeted At-Risk Youth, Hispanics, Somalians, and many others. Each fiscal year brings a new county plan and new targeted groups.
Big Hats, Horses and Cattle
One thinks of horses, cattle, and big hats when considering Texas, but the state has much more to offer, even to our older workers. In fact, individuals can still train to become working cowboys and cowgirls, cattle drovers, or to fill other jobs on local ranches, many of which encourage visitors.
Important Senior Trends In America
- In 2011 - 2012, Seniors in their 60s traveled to North Dakota to work in the Williston Basin and Bakken Oil Fields. Some of he many jobs available there are physically taxing, but some are less so and more suitable to Seniors.
- American Senior Citizens Still Owe $36 Billion In Student Loans - 2015:
Americans 60 years and older are still paying off $36 billion in student debt. That's according to research from Federal Bank of New York.
- Retirement of 34 - 40% of RNs Increases Outlook For US Nursing Jobs to 2020
As the US population ages, so do the professionals in Healthcare Services. A large number of nurses are retiring before 2020, leaving shortages in RN/LPNstaff and professors to train new nurses.
Texas Workforce Offices Offer Senior Services
Across the State of Texas, county agencies set up the WIA are available to help Seniors and others with job search, education and training, support series, and other aspects of employment. Like looking for work, accessing and using services with the WIA agencies takes consistent ongoing followup and communications with staff assigned to you.
The divisions and services one can expect from Senior Services offered in cooperation with WIA agencies include those below:
Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)
- The Texas Workforce Commission administers the state’s part of this Seniors' program totally through the Experience Works organization in 88 counties.
- In the remaining Texas counties, these national organizations offer Employment and Training to older job seekers:
- AARP Foundation - This does not seem to be the favorite of many Seniors for actual training and job pal cement. However, the website offers some useful resources and articles.
- Experience Works, Texas Branch (Toll free call: 855-307-1171) -- In the 2010s after the Great Recession, more seniors than ever are leaving retirement to work in order to survive. State funding allows this agency to place Seniors in jobs with non-profit organizations, like the Red Cross. $130,000,000 is Stimulus Funding helped this organization and others maintain their services to 2012. Afterward, the organization remained successful.
- National Asian Pacific Center on Aging
- SER (Service, Employment and Redevelopment) - Jobs for Progress National, Inc.
- Senior Service America, Inc.
Special Priority Service is offered to Seniors in these programs who are: disabled, have limited English, have low reading/writing/math skills, have a rural residence, veterans, have low employment prospects, and are homeless or at risk of same.
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Employment and Training Services to Seniors
- Orientation to Texas Workforce Services - What is offered and what to expect.
- Job Counseling, possible work related assessments that might include interests and skills
- Employment Referrals - Referrals to specific companies and for specific jobs.
- Training Referrals to educational or vocational training and other services. Funding may be available for Education and Training classes.
- Labor Market Information - Known as LMI, this feature informs clients of current employment trends and high demand jobs in the near future.
- Resume and Employment Interviewing Classes - Seniors can refresh their resume, prepare their very first resume if they have never used one, and practice mock interviewing for practice.
- Computer Classes - Basic computer literacy is mandatory in most occupations today.
- Resource Room - Computers, printers, FAX machine, telephone, and copy machines. Most of these items are free to use.
- Assessment, with the preparation of a specifically prescribed IEP = Individual Employment Plan. These are very important and must be individually tailored. For example, there is no need for remedial math classes if you are a CPA.
- Supportive Services to overcome barriers to employment - This might include help with transportation or some other type of help. One might receive a gasoline allowance, taxicab vouchers, bus tickets, or help with setting up bus service for the physically challenged.
- Health Screening
- Basic Skills Training, if needed. This includes ESOL - English as a Second Language, reading/writing, maths, and instruction for any needed equivalent high school diploma: the General Educational Development (GED) Certificate.
- Occupational Skills Training: PC keyboarding, email, simple data entry, Internet search, telephone business etiquette, home health aide skills, other.
- Training specifically for looking for work and maintaining a job.
- Job Search assistance
Sample of Best Business and Employment Markets for Seniors
This map shows the Top Five cities best for older workers, according to numbers of opportunities.
WIA Services in the Greater Austin Area
- Senior Community Service Employment Program and TWC
The Senior Community Service Employment Program provides training and services to help older low-income get jobs and become financially self-sufficient.
- Workforce agencies also maintain three separate offices in the Austin Area to serve as many Seniors and others as possible. A good starting point into the system includes the contacts for them below, so call for information and updates.
- 6505 Airport Boulevard, Suite 101-A
- 4175 Freidrich Lane, Suite 200
- ACC’s Eastview Campus
3401 Webberville Road, Building 1000
Contact Information - County and City
Although staff names may change, the phone numbers below should remain the same. For additional information and programs, when in the State of Texas, simply dial 211.
Seniors and Veterans Services
TeXVet.com offers Veterans Services across the state, especially in cities where the largest numbers of jobs are listed. Find services here:
AGE of Central Texas - Helping Central Texans with the challenges of aging with expert solutions.
- Central Texas Veteran Services Coalition (CTVSC): Call 512-341-4961. Website: www.texvet.org/ctvsc
Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation - www.tsahc.org
SER Jobs for Progress National
SER SCSEP of Tarrant County
1100 Circle Drive - Suite 100
Fort Worth, TX 76119
Houston, TX 77012
(713) 773-6000 ext. 118
Houston, TX 77012
(713) 773-6000 ext. 108
Counties Served: Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Travis, Williamson
55 IH 35 North - Suite 200
Austin, TX 78702
6310 LBJ Freeway - Suite 115
Dallas, TX 75240
7015 Gulf Freeway - Suite 140
Houston, TX 77087
National Asian Pacific Center on Aging
NAPCA/Houston - Chinese Community Center
9800 Town Park Drive
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 271-6100 ext. 107
State and County Helping Services: Texas Department on Aging and Disability Services
Austin, Texas Area:
Dept. On Aging & Disability
- Hays County · 512-908-9435
- Travis County · 512-908-9435
- Williamson County · 512-908-9435
Agency On Aging: ·
- Capital Area Agency on Aging· 888-622-9111 or 512-916-6062
Houston, Texas Area:
Dept. On Aging & Disability
- Harris County · 713-692-1635
- Care Connection, the Gulf Coast Aging and Disability Resource Center
Agency On Aging: ·
- Harris County Area Agency on Aging: 1-877-393-1090; 800-213-8471 or 832-393-4301
Dallas -Fort Worth, Texas Area:
Dept. On Aging & Disability
- Collin, Dallas, and Tarrant Counties · 1-888-337-6377
- Connect to Care Metrocare Services; Phone: 1-888-743-1202 (Dallas County); or http://www.connecttocaredallas.org/
- Tarrant County Aging and Disability Resource Center: 1-888-730-2372
Agency On Aging: ·
- Dallas County Area Agency on Aging· 800-548-1873 or 214-871-5065
- North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging (Collin County)· 800-272-3921 or 817-695-9194
- Tarrant County Area Agency on Aging· 877-886-4833 or 817-258-8081
Churches, Jewish Temples, and Muslim Houses of Worship have offered job search services for their congregations and/or community members in addition to those provided by the state and county. Further, non-profit agencies administering funds for job search and maintenance have sometimes co-located at some of these places in the field in order to help those without ready transportation.
One example of faith-based employment related help is within the LDS (Mormon) church. Volunteer Employment Specialists are often assigned within congregations to help LDS members of all ages that are seeking employment. This might be a good option for LDS members. However, many other faith-based options exist as well --
The Launch Pad Job Club (see link below) is a great non-profit group that holds gigantic weekly meetings for all job seekers, often renting church buildings. This group activity would tend to lend valuable camaraderie and emotional support as well as job search services. Not affiliated with any church, Launch Pad rents space to be near the community of need. One Texas area job club welcomes 100-200 people or more weekly to benefit from relevant speakers. There are also 'Clublets' - breakout groups in particular career fields. Click on the link below to find a Launch Pad meeting in your area.
Other houses of worship in general often offer employment related assistance in their own neighborhoods. Check your local directory for faith-based organizations that may offer services to Senior Citizens. Some of them maintain groups that help with household choirs and repairs as well as job search, yard cleanup, meals and other needs.
Some Senior Programs are Announced on Radio
Additional Resources for Older Workers
- Dallas Senior Source
- Jobs for older workers, jobs for senior citizens and retirement jobs
Jobs for older workers, resources for mid life career change - Workforce50.com.
- Search Thousands of Jobs for Seniors, Baby Boomers, Retirees, and people over 50 - All Types - Unite
Visit RetirementJobs.com to search thousands of jobs posted by age friendly employers
Travel and Recreation Resources for Seniors in Texas
Senior Discounts are provided by a number of venues in Texas beginning for those ages 55 and older. One place is a Seniors-only vacation spot at VRBO in Arroyo City on the Gulf Coast of Texas, right in the middle of a wildlife refuge with good fishing all summer and autumn.
VRBO offers modular housing style cabins with just three steps up to a one-floor plan vacation dwelling on a property that is clean and easy to get around. RV parking is available and a washer and dryer can be found in each unit, which also has a BBQ grill and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. The boat dock and boat lifts are free to guests. Cable TV is also waiting if you tire of outdoor activities. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything except food and the rates are less expensive than hotels. Most guests rate this place 5 stars out of 5.
- In Texas, call (956) 748-2590
- In Ohio, you can also call (419) 340-2390. The owners Jim &Barb may be there, although they live at the Texas site.
Texas RV Parks you might enjoy:
- Jamaica Beach RV Park - Galveston TX. PH 409 - 632-0200
- Mobile Village RV Park - Arkansas Pass TX. PH 361-758-8367
- Piney Ridge RV 55+ Community - Tyler TX, east of the Mall off Highway 69. PH 903-594-8484
- Take It Easy RV - Near the VA Hospital. 703 Junction Highway, Kerrville TX. PH 1-800-828-6984
- Will Rogers Memorial RV Park - Fort Worth TX. PH (817) 392-7469
Texas Gulf Coast Senior RV Parks
© 2012 Patty Inglish
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