Government Resources for Seniors

New York City Department for the Aging
Dial 311
City services for the elderly. Provides directory of services, including how to check into qualifications for benefits, intergenerational programs and medical tips.

Social Security Administration
Teleservice 800-772-1213 / Medicare 800-633-4227 / HEAP 800-692-0557
Medicare Office: Wood Hull Hospital – 760 Broadway, 11206
718-388-1883, 718-963-1856, 718-963-5808

New York State Department of Social Services
Welfare Center – 30 Thornton Street, 11206
Welfare Center – 500 DeKalb Ave., 11205

State of New York Department of Labor
Unemployment Insurance Division
518-485-1283 / Fax 518-485-1271

Veterans Administration
295 West Houston St., New York, NY 10001

Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)
26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY 10007
800-375-5283 / 718-551-1213

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
10 Metrotech Plaza, Brooklyn, NY
800-829-1040 / 212-788-4520

NYC Housing Authority
250 Broadway, 11217

New York City Transit Authority (MTA)
3 Stone St, New York, NY 10004
Seniors 65 and over qualify for Half Fare Cards, apply by mail or in person.

New York Foundation for Senior Citizens, Home Sharing Program
11 Park Place, 14th Floor, New York, NY
Phone: 212-962-7559

The NYC Department for the Aging (which can be reached via the City’s Citizen Service Center by dialing 311) provides eligible senior citizens with household incomes of less than $24,000 per year with rent assistance under a program called SENIOR CITIZEN RENT INCREASE EXEMPTION PROGRAM (SCRIE), which in effect freezes rents. Visit their Web site for information and referrals:

To see the factsheet and learn more about SCRIE go to:

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