THE BRONX - Senior citizens and the disabled can take advantage of some city programs if they are having trouble paying their rent on time.

The Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program freezes rent for tenants over 62 years old who make less than $50,000 a year. The Disabled Rent Increase Exemption program, or DRIE, does the same for disabled New Yorkers.

State Sen. Jeffrey Klein recently worked to raise the income level threshold this year so more people in need could stay in their apartments.

Landlords also have to sign up to be a part of the program. Once they are approved, the city will pay the difference in any rent increase over the years.