New Yorkers: Freeze Your Rent!

Posted on December 13, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Seniors & People with Disabilities: Sign Up for NYC Rent Freeze Program


Huge news for seniors and people with disabilities struggling to pay their rent!  Rent Freeze NYC lets you freeze your rent at its current rate and keep your home affordable.

Check out these 5 simple steps to qualify:  You must:

  1. Be at least 62 years old or 18 years old with a qualifying disability?

  2. Have a household income of $50,000 or less?

  3. Live in a rent regulated apartment and

  4. Spend more than 1/3 of your income on rent

  5. Apply for NYC Rent Freeze Program

Skyrocketing housing prices coupled with fixed incomes makes it tough for New Yorkers to keep their homes, especially senior citizens and New Yorkers with disabilities. 

Catholic Charities is here to help.  Today’s blog post helps renters.  If you’re an elderly or disabled homeowner with a limited income, check out our Charity in Action Monday, December 11, 2017 blog post.

Our Preserving Housing program provides services for families and individuals in crisis.  Our staff assesses the situation.  They work with individuals and families to create comprehensive plans that respond to the immanent emergency.  And they help avoid future crises.  To access rent subsidies and other government programs our caseworkers work with landlords, legal services, fellow community-based organizations and financial management programs.

The NYC Rent Freeze Program, which includes the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) Program and the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) Program, helps those eligible stay in affordable housing by freezing their rent.

  • A property tax credit covers the difference between the actual rent amount and what you (the tenant) are responsible for paying at the frozen rate.
  • The longer you are in the program, the greater the benefit.
  • If you enter the program today, continue to renew and meet all eligibility requirements, the current amount you pay for rent today could be the same in 20 years.

This website will provide you with all of the necessary information you need, including eligibility requirements, the application process, benefits, renewals and answers to frequently asked questions.

Do you qualify?

Check out this easy Rent Freeze Eligibility Tool

Find outreach and enrollment events throughout New York City

Here are the documents you need to apply

Learn more at or or call 311.

If you have a disability and need help applying, contact a Disability Service Facilitator at or call 311.




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