Monday, Feb. 22: SCRIE/DRIE Rent Freeze Sign-Up Event at the Community Center, 1–4 p.m. RSVP

If you’re at least 62 or disabled, you may be eligible for a rent freeze. The city sponsors two programs that freeze the rent of eligible tenants: the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) and the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE).

There will be a free workshop at the Community Center on Monday, February 22, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. The Community Center is located at 449 East 14th Street, on the First Avenue Loop.

RSVP required. Please call (212) 633-8052.

See SCRIE/DRIE Fair Flyer for additional details.

Some things to know:

You must have a total annual household income of $50,000 or less and pay more than one-third of the household’s total monthly income for rent. In addition:


Be at least 62 years old

Be the head of household as the primary tenant or have been granted succession rights


Receive SSI, SSDI, a VA disability pension or compensation, or disability-related Medicaid if you have received either SSI or SSDI in the past

If you qualify, your rent will be frozen and certain MCIs will not be added to your rent.

You don’t have to fear losing your apartment: The landlord gets a tax exemption that offsets the rent freeze.

What to bring to apply:

Proof of date of birth (driver’s license, birth certificate, passport, government ID)

Proof of income for yourself and all household members for 2015, including any W-2 forms, 1099 forms, pension or SSI/SSDI statements, etc.

Your prior and current lease, signed by both you and the landlord

Any notices of Major Capital Improvement charges you have received in the past 2 years

A tax statement, if you filed taxes for 2015

Even if you don’t have all the paperwork assembled but want to learn more, please come to the event.

RSVP required. Please call (212) 633-8052.

The NYC Dept. of Finance site for SCRIE/DRIE:

Co-sponsored by NYC Dept. of Finance, Legal Aid Society, STPCV Tenants Association, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator Brad Hoylman, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James, Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Member Dan Garodnick, and Council Member Rosie Mendez