Starting on July 1, New York City will expand its housing assistance program for rent-burdened senior citizens.
The maximum annual income qualification for the Senior Citizen Rental Exemption Increase Program will increase from $29,000 to $50,000. SCRIE is a program that allows seniors in rent controlled or stabilized apartments to freeze their rent and exempts them from future rent increases.
In a statement, Councilman David Greenfield encouraged all eligible seniors to apply for the exemption. Anyone over 62 who pays more than one-third of their household’s total monthly income for rent, and resides in an apartment that is rent controlled, rent stabilized, or hotel stabilized, is eligible.
Greenfield said that his office, located at 4424 16th Avenue, is assisting seniors in the renewal process.