Senior Resources

Senior Housing / Property Exemptions

Below are a list of programs and property exemptions that might be available to Town of Colonie senior residents.

Senior Housing Options
Home Maintenance Programs
Property / School Tax Assistance Programs
  • Senior Citizens Tax Exemption
    Local governments and school districts in New York State can opt to grant a reduction on the amount of property taxes paid by qualifying senior citizens. This is accomplished by reducing the taxable assessment of the senior's home by as much as 50%. For the income guidelines and application, please contact the Town of Colonie Assessor’s office at (518) 783-2701.
  • Basic STAR Exemption (NYS School Tax Relief Program)
    Available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the resident owners' and their spouses’ income is less than $500,000. Based on the first $30,000 of the full value of a home. To obtain the application contact the Town of Colonie Assessor’s office at (518) 783-2701.
  • Enhanced STAR Exemption (NYS School Tax Relief Program)
    Provides an increased exemption on school property taxes for owner-occupied, primary residences for senior citizens 65+ with qualifying incomes $86,300 or less for the 2019-2020 school year. Based on the first $68,700 of the full value of a home for the 2019-2020 school year. Applications must be received by March 1st in order to qualify for the next year. If you qualify, contact the Town of Colonie Assessor’s office at (518) 783-2701 to obtain an application.
  • Veterans’ Exemption
    There are three different property tax exemptions available to veterans who have served in the U. S. Armed Forces, including veterans who have served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Obtaining a veterans' exemption is not automatic - If you're an eligible veteran, you must submit the initial exemption application form to the Town of Colonie Assessor’s office by the March 1st deadline. Proof of discharge under honorable conditions including times and places served in active duty (usually form DD-214) must be attached to the exemption application. To find out what level of benefit you are entitled to please contact the Town of Colonie Assessor’s office at (518) 783-2701.
Additional Housing Resources
  • Section 8 Rental Assistance Program
    The Town of Colonie Rental Assistance program is a federally-funded program that assists low-income families and individuals with paying their rent. Eligibility information is below:
    • Individuals must be 62+ or disabled or have been forced to move due to government action or natural disaster.
    • Income limits: $30,250 individuals, $34,600 couples.
    • If approved, Section 8 will pay a portion of your monthly rent directly to the landlord. The remaining portion of your rent is paid to the landlord by you.
    • If you think you are eligible, please contact our office immediately at (518) 459-5051, ext.2 to apply as there is usually a wait list for these funds.
  • Town of Colonie Residential Rehabilitation Program
    The Town of Colonie Residential Rehabilitation program provides grants to low-and moderate-income families who reside in the Town of Colonie, Village of Colonie, and Village of Menands who want to repair their homes. Funds for the program are provided by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Town's Community Development Block Grant. Income determines what percent grant a family will receive with grants ranging from 40 percent to 100 percent of the cost of bringing the home up to Federal Housing Qualification Standards. Eligibility information is below:
    • Own and occupy the residence that is to be rehabilitated.
    • Residence must be located in The Town of Colonie, Village of Colonie or Village of Menands and can provide proof of stable ownership.
    • Meet the following income limits: $48,400 individuals, $$55,300 couples.
    • If you think you are eligible, please contact the Town of Colonie Community Development at (518) 783-2718 to apply.
  • NYS Weatherization Program
    The weatherization program provides a comprehensive energy audit to determine if any cost effective measures can be made to improve heating efficiency and energy consumption. The income guidelines are outlined in the below chart. If you feel that you are eligible, please contact our office at (518) 459-5051, ext.2 for assistance in completing an application.
    2018-2019 Income Eligibility Guidelines

    Family Size

    Monthly Gross Income

    1 $2,391
    2 $3,127
    3 $3,863
    4 $4,598
    5 $5,334

Contact

Senior Resources Department
Located At Beltrone Living Center
6 Winners Circle
Colonie, NY 12205