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)
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.
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)