The Legal Aid Society Launches Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) Clinic
FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015

We are excited to announce the launch of a monthly legal clinic to benefit the Senior Citizen Community in New York City by assisting them with getting their monthly apartment rents frozen. Our Brooklyn Office For The Aging staff, together with pro bono volunteers from the legal community, will begin to pilot a monthly SCRIE clinic at our downtown Brooklyn (111 Livingston Street) offices to assist qualified seniors with applying for Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemptions or SCRIE. We are asking for your help in getting the word out to your clients, clients’ families, and anyone else you think would be interested. You do NOT have to be a Brooklyn resident to participate in the Clinic.

Senior citizen tenants under rent control or rent stabilization may be entitled to an exemption from future rent increases under the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) Program. When a landlord raises the rent, tenants with SCRIE do not have to pay the increased rate. Instead of the increased rent, the landlord is eligible for an equivalent credit on his or her property taxes. Recently the income eligibility level for qualified seniors was raised to $50,000 per year. As a result, many more senior households will qualify for SCRIE. To qualify for SCRIE, you must be at least 62 years old, live in an apartment that is rent stabilized or rent controlled, spend more than one-third of your monthly income on rent and as of July 1, 2014, have a household income of less than $50,000. Once you receive SCRIE, it must be renewed on a yearly basis. In addition to assisting seniors with their initial SCRIE applications, clinic volunteers will also assist those currently receiving SCRIE, with their renewal applications.

The first clinic will be held on Wednesday, May 13 with appointments scheduled at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, or 12 PM. SENIORS MUST CALL 1-888-663-6880 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT (see attached flyer). Seniors will be pre-screened for eligibility and given a specific appointment time between 10 am and 1 pm; we expect each appointment to take approximately 45 minutes. If Seniors are unable to attend on May 13, they can still register for an upcoming clinic.

Attached is our flyer about the Clinic as well as a FAQ sheet from the NYC Department of Finance which administers the SCRIE program and provides additional information.

This is a wonderful opportunity to provide eligible senior citizens with an invaluable service. We already have pro bono volunteers who are eager to get started, so please spread the word to as many people as you can. If the pilot program in Brooklyn is successful, we would like to expand it to the other boroughs.