Assembly Improves SCRIE, DRIE Programs

Legislation to Promote Affordable Housing

BRONX, N.Y. – For seniors and persons with disabilities, the New York State Assembly passed legislation that ensures housing remains affordable for our community by enhancing the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) and the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) programs.

On June 24, the Assembly passed a package of bills that will make it easier for families to maintain their SCRIE or DRIE benefit. The legislation:

  • Extends additional time for eligible surviving members of a household to apply for a transfer of their deceased loved one’s SCRIE or DRIE benefit; and
  • Ensures that SCRIE and DRIE recipients are not dropped from the programs because of changes made by the New York City Department of Finance; and
  • Requires landlords to notify their tenants about the SCRIE and DRIE program at least once a year.

“In my first legislative session, I have worked hard to ensure that the needs of my community were addressed in Albany. For families that include seniors and persons with disabilities, where many are on a fixed income, any rent hike is felt immediately,” said Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner (D – Bronx, 77th AD). “I am very happy to support this package of bills, effectively closing any unnecessary loopholes in the SCRIE and DRIE programs that could result in rent increases for my community.”