You can get help completing a Rent Freeze application. Make sure to gather the required documents before meeting with or contacting an assistor.
If you need more time to submit an application or document or meet any other Rent Freeze program deadline because of a disability or physical or mental impairment, you may be eligible for an extension of time as a reasonable accommodation for such disability.
To learn more, visit the Rent Freeze Program Assistance page.
SCHE and DHE Assistance Centers
You can apply for or renew the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) or Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) at a public outreach enrollment event. Department of Finance (DOF) staff will work with you one-on-one to help you complete an initial or renewal application. No appointment is necessary.
For a list of enrollment events, visit the Department of Finance Public Events page.
Older Adult Centers (also known as Senior Centers)
Mobile older adults can get help completing SCRIE applications from local Older Adult Centers that offer case assistance. Call the Center to make an appointment.
Find an Older Adult Center. Call ahead to confirm that the Older Adult Center participates in this program. If no one answers, leave a message with your contact information. You will get a call back.
Case Management Agencies
Case management agencies that offer case management to seniors can help homebound older adults with SCRIE applications if they can’t go to a center or outreach event or don’t have anyone who can come to their home to help them.
Find a case management agency.
Use Site Finder to search for a case management agency. You can contact them by phone. Leave a message with your contact information if no one answers. You will get a call back.
Depending on your address and situation, you may be advised to go to a different location.
You can get help with completing your SCRIE Initial Application over the phone with the New York Benefit Center, a nonprofit that helps people sign up for government benefits.
The Benefit Center can also screen you for eligibility.
The Benefit Center does not:
- Mail SCRIE Initial Applications
- Provide assistance after the application has been submitted
- Help current SCRIE tenants
- Help with renewals or renewal applications
- Provide the status of applications or benefits
After the application has been submitted, the Benefit Center can't help you if you have issues or questions about the application or your benefits. If you need help or have questions about SCRIE after you apply, you can get assistance from 311, visit a SCRIE and DRIE Walk-in Center, or contact the Department of Finance online.
After completing the initial application with you over the phone, the Benefit Center will mail it to you along with a pre-paid envelope and a letter telling you which documents you have to provide. You will then need to mail the signed application and requested documents back to the Benefit Center in the pre-paid envelope.
Mail the application to:
New York Benefit Center
217 Centre Street
P.O. Box 166
New York, NY 10013