2009-07-24 / Top Stories

Increase In Income Levels For SCRIE Program

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer (D-Queens) announced that the income eligibility level for the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) Program has increased to $29,000 from $28,000 in July 2008.

Chapter 205 of the laws of 2005, sponsored by Pheffer, allowed for an annual increase of $1,000 for the SCRIE program through 2009, to bring the income eligibility level to $29,000.

"With the rising cost of living, it is vital that we ensure that protections are in place to aid our senior citizens and keep them in their homes and our communities," said Pheffer.

To be eligible for SCRIE, a person must be 62 years of age or older and live in a rent controlled, regulated or stabilized apartment where the monthly rent exceeds one-third of his or her monthly household income.

SCRIE is a State authorized entitlement, which enables seniors, who live in rent controlled or rent stabilized apartments or certain residential hotel units, to receive an exemption from paying future increases in their rent. Landlords and management agents receive tax abatement credits in lieu of cash for any rent increase.

"I urge all seniors who believe that they may be eligible for the SCRIE program to apply for this benefit. Currently, thousands are taking advantage of this beneficial program that has allowed for them to be able to afford and remain in their homes," said Pheffer.

For more information or to apply for the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE), go online to ACCESS NYC (www.nyc.- gov/accessnyc) or call 311 for more information.

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