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Seniors and/or People With Disabilities

City law prohibits discrimination against anybody on the basis of age or disability for any housing issue.
Visit the City's Human Rights Commission page



Seniors

Senior citizens are encouraged to enter as many of the standard City housing lotteries as they are eligible for.

The Department for the Aging

The Department for the Aging (DFTA) provides a comprehensive online listing of senior housing operating within the five boroughs. The information can be viewed by borough or by entering a zip code for the desired area.
Get the list

Affordable senior housing can have lengthy waiting lists. The Department for the Aging encourages seniors to consider all choices when looking for housing by utilizing information from other City agencies at this site as well as reviewing information available from the Federal government (HUD) at: HUD.gov and the NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) Web site at: www.dhcr.state.ny.us.

The City has a number of programs to assist low-income homeowners and renters with housing costs. Some of these programs are specifically for seniors. The programs fall under various categories:

Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) Program

Savings on Home Energy Expenditures - Weatherization Referral and
Packaging Program (WRAP), Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

Low Interest & Forgiveable Home Improvement Loans - Home Improvement Program (HIP) & Senior Citizen Home Assistance Program (SCHAP)

Other Agencies

NYS Office for the Aging has a housing search that also includes both developments for seniors and includes some housing for non-senior disabled individuals.
Use the search

The Long Term Home Health Care Program (LTHHCP), also known as the "nursing home without walls" program, is available through SDOH-certified LTHHCP provider agencies.
Care At Home Program (in PDF)

The State Attorney General also has information on housing for seniors.
Learn more

The Department of Finance offers two property tax reduction programs for eligible senior citizens who live in houses, condos, or co-ops.
Enhanced School Tax Relief (STAR)
Senior Citizen Homeowners' Exemption (SCHE)



Disabled

People with disabilities are encouraged to enter as many of the standard City housing lotteries as they are eligible for. People with disabilities should note that often housing lotteries offer preferences for people with mobility and/or vision impairments.

Medicaid eligible clients seeking personal care services (i.e., home attendant, housekeeping) may find services through Home Care Services Program (HCSP) Community Alternative Systems Agency (CASA) Offices.
List of CASA Offices (in PDF)

The Department of Finance offers an exemption from future rent increases to people currently living in rent-controlled or rent-stabilized apartments who have a disability. A property tax reduction is available to homeowners who have a disability (called the Disabled Homeowners' Exemption, or DHE). Owners of one-, two-, and three-family houses, cooperative apartments, and condominiums may be eligible, if the owner uses the property as his or her primary residence. There is also a Disabled Crime Victim/Good Samaritan Exemption for people with disabilities that were the result of being a crime victim or helping a crime victim.
Disabled Homeowners' Exemption (DHE)
Disability Rent Increase Exemption Program (DRIE)
Disabled Crime Victim/Good Samaritan Exemption