If you’re 62 or older, living in rent-regulated Bensonhurst housing (or housing elsewhere in the five boroughs), and facing rent increases by the year, there’s hope to stop them — and an event this week at the New Utrecht Library (1743 86th Street at Bay 17th Street) will help you halt the hikes.
On Wednesday, April 8, you’re invited to a 10am information session on the SCRIE program, which exempts New Yorkers from rent increases as long as they meet the following criteria:
- 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 hotel stabilized)
- Total annual household income of $50,000 or less and
- Pay more than one-third of the household’s total monthly income for rent
To register ahead of time, call the District Office of Councilmember Vincent J. Gentile (who’s sponsoring the event) at 718-748-5200. In addition to the program for seniors, there’s also a rent freeze scheme for New Yorkers with disabilities (DRIE), which you can learn more about here.