Met Council Helped 75 Seniors Freeze Their Rent
This past month, Met Council held the first ever SCRIE (Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption) Enroll-A-Thon assisting more than 75 clients enroll into the program and avoid future rent increases. Many of these clients are newly eligible for the benefit because the City and State legislatures recently increased the income qualification threshold from $29,000 to $50,000. During these four events, we educated clients on the new qualifications and helped those who are eligible enroll in the program.
Meeting the needs of our City’s growing senior population is not simple or quick. With more than 21% of seniors living in poverty in New York City, finding and remaining in an affordable and safe home is a major challenge for these New Yorkers. Raising the income threshold for SCRIE was an important step to help seniors to age in place with dignity in the homes they love.
Mock-Interviews Help Hone Real Life Skills
Met Council staff helped interns and clients alike with their interviewing skills. With resumes in hand, each participant was given two opportunities to “interview” with staff members. After a short interview, the staff members took the time to give feedback on both the interview and the resume. After the interviews, participants were given the opportunity to analyze common questions asked by interviewers and a packet with helpful tips on interviewing.
Two Green Thumbs Up For Met Council Staff
Met Council launched a new initiative, called Employee Impact Day, in which staff members were given the opportunity to volunteer at an array of programs within the agency and participate in team building exercisers with other Met Council employees. For the inaugural event, staff members spent the morning sprucing up the garden of Met Council’s Linda & Jerome Spitzer Residence, an affordable housing site for seniors in Manhattan.
The volunteers - from many different departments - weeded, planted and trimmed plants in order to improve the garden. They used this opportunity to not only learn more about Met Council, but also learn more about each other.
Their work was overseen by the building’s Garden Club president. Joy was palpable as the president’s vision of the garden came to life right before his eyes.
Met Council Expands Its Camp Scholarship Fund To $25,000
This year, Met Council expanded its scholarship fund to enable 60 children to attend summer camp. Families from Boro Park, Flatbush, Crown Heights, Coney Island, Marine Park, the Rockaways, Forest Hills and Williamsburg benefitted from this year’s camp scholarships.
Through Lizzy and Bryce Markus’ generosity, Met Council is providing camp scholarships to 60 children from families living below 300% of the poverty level, which is $71,550 for a family of four. The families selected the camp their child is attending.
“Our social service programs are designed to aid, sustain and empower poor and near-poor New Yorkers,” said Met Council CEO and Executive Director, David M. Frankel. “This year’s camp scholarship fund will aid families in meeting their childcare needs, sustain the children’s growth and development during the summer months, and empower them to gain confidence and learn new skills in a safe a nurturing environment. We thank the extraordinary generosity of the Markus family as well as the staff at Boro Park JCC, COJO Flatbush, Crown Heights JCC, JCC of Greater Coney Island, JCC of Marine Park, JCC of the Rockaway Peninsula, Queens JCC and UJO Williamsburg, who worked with us to select deserving families.”