Senior And Disability Rent Freeze Workshops Announced

The Legal Aid Society and a number of elected officials are sponsoring one-day workshops on October 10 to help seniors and persons living with disabilities to fill out SCRIE (Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exeption) and DRIE (Disability Rent Increase Exemption) applications to have their rent frozen.

The New York State Legislature changed the law so that more seniors and people living with disabilities are eligible to have their rents frozen by the SPRIE and DRIE programs.

Workshops will be held on October 10 in the following locations sponsored by the Society and elected officials:

The District Office of State Assemblymember Ron Kim at 136-20 38th Avenue, Flushing, in Suite 10A from 3pm-5pm.

The Office of NYC Public Advocate Leticia James at 1 Centre Street, 19th floor, Manhattan, from 3pm-5pm The Office of State Assemblyman Keith Wright, NYS Office Building, 163 W. 125th Street, Manhattan from 3pm-5pm Greenwich House-Our Lady of Pompeii Senior Center, 25 Carmine Street, Manhattan, from 3 pm-5pm co-sponsored by State Senator Brad Hoylman, Congress Member Jerrold Nadler, Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, Council Member Corey Johnson

The workshops are being held to help constituents fill out their SCRIE and DRIE applications and understand the new changes to the SCRIE program.

At a press conference in Queens, Mr. Nori said that “for both disabled and elderly people alike, living in an expensive city with fixed incomes makes everyday a challenge. Assemblymember Ron Kim hopes to meet the needs of senior citizens living in New York and advocate to have the heavy burden of high rent be alleviated by both the SCRIE and DRIE programs.”

The basic requirements to be eligible for SCRIE:

  • Must be at least 62 years old;
  • Rent an apartment that is regulated by the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) (i.e. rent controlled or rent stabilized apartments or rent regulated hotel units);
  • Total annual household income of $50,000 or less and;
  • Pay more than one-third of the household's total monthly income for rent.