Affordable Housing For Seniors & New York City? Sound like an oxymoron? Maybe not…..The New York Times ran an interesting Q and A session with Judy Milone, the Assistant Director of the Member Services Department at the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies. She fielded selected questions about what kind of assistance is available to seniors who are struggling financially and meeting their housing needs in the New York City area.
She talked about subsidized housing, shared housing and city provided services that provide assistance for those looking to stay in their homes that may need some help but not a full assisted living facility. Last but not least, she discussed Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption Program [SCRIE]. The program provides eligible renters with an exemption from future rent increases, once the rent becomes more than one-third of the household’s disposable income.