Senior citizens can get tech help from Older Adults Technology Services (OATS). Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm.
Program for Seniors at Risk of Eviction: Assigned Counsel Project
New Yorkers aged 60 or older who are at risk of being evicted from their residences may be eligible for free legal services through the Assigned Counsel Project. This is an initiative of the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA), the Civil Court of the City of New York Access to Justice Program, and the New York City Human Resources Administration office of Civil Justice (OCJ).
Read more details about the program on DFTA's website www1.nyc.gov/site/dfta/services/housing-support.page. If you believe you qualify, please contact 311 and ask for the City’s Tenant Helpline or email email@example.com.
The Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE, also known as the NYC Rent Freeze Program) freezes the rent for head-of-household seniors 62 and older who live in rent-regulated apartments. In order to satisfy the income eligibility requirement, the senior's household income must be $50,000 or less.
Landlords are given a property tax abatement credit applied to their property tax bill in the same amount as the increase that the tenant is exempted from paying.
For forms and more details on eligibility:
Forms for landlords:
Senior citizens who own homes, condominiums or private non-governmentally supervised co-ops may be eligible for the Senior Citizen Homeowner Exemption Program (SCHE). For questions regarding this program, visit New York City's Department of Finance (DOF) or call 311.
New York Foundation for Senior Citizens Home Sharing Program. NYFSC’s free Home Sharing Program helps link adult “hosts” with extra private spaces in their homes or apartments with appropriate adult “guests” to share their space. One of the matchmates must be age 60 or older. The program also serves adult “hosts” age 55 or older, who are interested in sharing with developmentally disabled adult “guests” capable of independent living. You can apply to be a host or guest at this link nyfsc.org/home-sharing.
The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a state-run program open to seniors 60 or older who have a qualifying income. As part of the program, seniors are sent special gift certificates to spend on produce at participating farmers markets.
The farmers market on Wednesdays, from 8 AM - 4 PM, at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza on 47th St. accepts FMNP.
To sign up for FMNP you would need to contact the New York City Department of the Aging either on their website or by calling 311.
The Volunteers of Legal Services (VOLS) Elderly Project provides pro-bono legal services to low-income people over age 60 who live in Manhattan. VOLS conducts legal clinics each month at senior centers where seniors can discuss their legal concerns in confidence, receive legal advice and, where appropriate, obtain referrals to a volunteer lawyer for representation. Areas of legal assistance include wills, medical directives, powers of attorney, housing, consumer matters and Medicaid. Over 150 lawyers serve on their Elderly Project volunteer attorney roster.
Burden Center for the Aging, 1484 First Avenue (between 77th & 78th Streets) 2 pm, 2nd Friday of the Month. Call Margaret Reiff at 212-879-7400, ext. 204 for information.
Stanley Isaacs Senior Center, 415 East 93rd Street (east of 1st Avenue) 10 am, 3rd Friday of the Month. Call Khristel Simmons at 212-360-7620 ext, 158 for information.
Encore Community Services Senior Center, St. Malachy’s Church - 239 West 49th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue) Call Narobe Arias at 212-581-2910, ext 125 for information.