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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
Press Room

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 14, 2000

Press Contacts: Carol Abrams (212) 863-5176

HPD Announces Free Video for Building Owners to Save Money on Heat

HPD Commissioner Richard T. Roberts is making a free 40 minute video available to building owners to help them understand and comply with New York City Housing Maintenance Code heat and hot water regulations. The video provides owners with advice on how to best heat their buildings, save money on energy and water bills, and improve tenant comfort. Copies of the free video are available by calling HPD's Owner Services Program at 212-863-5300.

HPD's Owner Services Program is a new program to help owners working in good faith to address problems with their buildings. The Owners Services Program offers owners expert financial and managerial advice, as well as referrals for loans and other resources - both inside and outside of government. The Owners Services Program is part of the agency's initiative to maintain and improve the condition of the City's privately-owned housing stock. The initiative is called PRO Housing: Pathways to Responsible Ownership because it consists of three pathways - education, low-interest loans, and enforcement - to achieve its preservation goals.

"Owner Services Program analysts work closely with owners to improve both the physical and financial health of their buildings, helping to reduce the probability of abandonment," said HPD Commissioner Richard T. Roberts.

The Owners Services Program identifies owners who are experiencing problems with finances, management or tenant relations and offers them individualized counseling on mortgages, refinancing and construction related problems. HPD can also provide assistance in areas of building management, including owner-tenant relations, the overall maintenance and health of a building, and cost reduction strategies. The Owners Services Program makes information available to its client-owners on the latest developments in both building finances and management. Owners can contact the program at 212-863-5300.

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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