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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
Press Room

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 2, 2000

Press Contacts: Carol Abrams (212) 863-5176
Mai Yee, Office of Court Admin. (212) 428-2505

HPD LAUNCHES INITIATIVE WITH NYC HOUSING COURT FOR BENEFIT OF
PROSELITIGANTS

The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is pleased to announce a collaboration with the New York City Housing Court to increase the technical assistance services provided to pro selitigants by making HPD Legal staff available within the Housing Court Resource Centers. (Housing Court Resource Centers are available to both tenant and landlord participants.) This collaboration will support Housing Court's on-going actions to improve access and streamline the litigation process in the areas of court schedules and staff, in addition to Resource Centers. The HPD Housing Court collaboration will operate on a pilot basis within the Manhattan and Brooklyn courts and is effective on March 7, 2000.

The HPD Resource Center liaison will provide informational services and train volunteer attorneys to assist pro selitigants in initiating litigation within the Housing Part. The liaison will also conduct workshops for tenants and landlords on their rights and responsibilities within the court process. In addition, HPD and Housing Court will use the collaboration to develop training materials and other aids to improve the pro selitigation process and identify additional resource needs.

This collaboration is part of HPD's PRO Housing: Pathways to Responsible Ownership initiative. The Pro Housing initiative offers an array of education, investment and enforcement strategies to empower responsible ownership and intervene where owners are unwilling to accept assistance to address at-risk housing.

HPD is the largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. A major responsibility of the agency is to encourage the preservation of affordable housing through education, outreach, loan programs and enforcement of housing quality standards.




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