Help For Older Homeowners

The Center for NYC Neighborhoods is offering assistance to older homeowners. Learn about free financial and legal assistance for senior homeowners in New York City. Get help! Before making any financial decisions about your home, make sure you know the facts!

Call 311 and ask for the Center for NYC neighborhoods or reach them directly 646-786-0888. Their network of professional nonprofit service providers can assist you with the following services at no cost to you:

  • Estate Planning and Financial Counseling
  • Home Repair and Retrofitting
  • Mortgage Loans Modifications
  • Tax Liens
  • Legal Help

Free help is just a phone call away.

SCRIE and DRIE applications now available

Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE)  and Disabled Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) forms are now available for the 2017 year. These applications assist seniors and the disabled with obtaining rent freezes. The applications can be downloaded and completed online, or obtained from the CB8 office.

Applications can be obtained here.

In addition, if you lost your SCRIE or DRIE benefits in the past for failure to recertify on time, the Dept. of Finance (DOF) wants you to know that if you were receiving this benefit from December 1, 2011 onward and were unable to renew your Rent Free benefit because you needed more time due to a disability or physical impairment,  you could still be eligible for the benefit. According to the DOF, tenants/applicants who lost the benifit, then re-entered the program at a higher frozen rent should submit the “application for Additional Time to Renew Lapsed Benefit” form. If you are a tenant/applicant who lost your benefit and have not subsequently re-entered  SCRIE/DRIE, you should complete the “Applicaiton for Additional Time to Renew Expired Benefit” form.

These forms are available at the SCRIE/DRIE walk-in center located at 66 John Street, 3rd Floor in Manhattan 

Free Legal Services for All

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is pleased to present Free Legal Services for All at the People’s House, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209  Joralemon Street, Downtown Brooklyn.

Legal services are offered in a variety of fields. Please call 718-802-3777 to make an appointment.


Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP)

Did you know that since 2010, almost 3,000 New Yorkers have have been victims of foreclosure rescue scams? Legitimate help with your mortgage is just a phone call away.

Free, professional advice is available through the NYS Attorney General’s Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP). Call 1-855-466-9456 (1-855-HOME-456) today to connect with a qualified legal services or housing counseling professional.

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3/14 Housing Application Deadline: 38 Sixth Avenue at Pacific Park Brooklyn.

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Application Deadline is March 14, 2017.

Recap: “Everything You Need to Know About Area Median Income (AMI) and Affordable Housing”


From the seasoned panelists to the engaged audience, Tuesday’s forum was an incredible way to kick off my seven-part Community Exchange Series. Representatives from city agencies, legal providers, community-based organizations, and housing advocates provided an overview of affordable housing and the lottery process, tenants’ rights, and housing discrimination. Through the presentation and public discussion, many of us gained a deeper understanding of the area median income and how it impacts affordable housing. We are now informed and empowered to enact change through advocacy and legislation.

If you did not have an opportunity to attend “Everything You Need to Know About Area Median Income (AMI) and Affordable Housing,” you can view the recording or review the HPD presentation. Please feel free to share it with others.

I want to thank our panelists: Deputy Commissioner Daniel Hernandez of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Stephanie Blue of IMPACCT Brooklyn, Adrien Weibgen of the Urban Justice Center, and Catherine Barreda of Brooklyn Legal Services. I also want to recognize our resource expo participants: Brooklyn Legal Services, Bridge Street Development Corporation, IMPACCT Brooklyn, Brooklyn Neighborhood Services, HPD, and MetroPlus for the wealth of information they provided to our participants.

I hope you will join us for our next session, “How to Apply for City Council Funding” on January 18th at 6:30PM in the Medgar Evers College EOJ Auditorium located at 1638 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, NY.