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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
Press Room


February 21, 2001

Press Contacts: Carol Abrams (212) 863-5176
Kim Brown (212) 863-8076


Building Owners/Managers Encouraged to Participate

As part of an ongoing effort to educate building owners, property managers and residents on building preservation and maintenance, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Jerilyn Perine today announced the 2001 class schedule for the agency's Housing Education Program (HEP). The comprehensive program offers interactive, hands-on instruction on a range of maintenance and improvement topics.

"Last year, more than 2,000 building owners and managers enrolled in HEP courses," said Commissioner Perine. "The classes are free, and they provide an excellent opportunity for property owners to learn how to maintain their buildings more cost-effectively. I encourage all property owners to either take classes themselves or send their superintendents."

The 2001 edition of the Housing Education Program features 11 courses taught as seminars, interactive courses and standard classroom sessions spread over several weeks. The courses are free, but students must pre-register by calling the Housing Education Program at (212) 863-8830 or completing the course application available on HPD's web site and mailing it to the address listed on the application. Interested parties can request a Course Guide by calling (212) 863-8830. Among the courses being offered are:

Course 101: Introduction of Residential Property Management and Building Systems
Taught as interactive class through video conferencing from three locations in Manhattan and Queens, the next nine-week session will be held from April 26 through June 14. Classes are held Thursday evenings from 5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Course 103: Building Maintenance for Youth
This eight-week class is for youth ages 17 to 23 interested in learning the basics of building maintenance. The next session begins March 12 and continues through May 1. Classes are held Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Course 201: Advanced Building Management
For building owners and managers who have successfully completed Course 101, this offering is a comprehensive 17-session course that focuses on recordkeeping, rent control, rent stabilization, leases, housing maintenance codes, Housing Court, Division of Housing and Community Renewal, building security, lead issues, fire safety, pest control, Jiggetts case law, and fair housing, and includes a water conservation seminar. The final session will be held April 16 through June 27. Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Course 302: Heat and Hot Water Seminars
This three-hour seminar teaches operation of the heating plant, conservation of fuel, balancing the steam system and boiler controls. A question-and-answer session is also included. The remaining seminars will be held March 1, March 15, April 12 and April 26. Seminars are held on Thursday mornings at 100 Gold Street, Manhattan. Call (212) 863-8830 for time and exact class location.

Course 303: Child Health Initiative
Funded by the City Council, this seminar includes two, three-hour sessions of instruction on the dangers of environmental hazards found in the home -- particularly those with the most harmful effects on children. Practical advice is given on how to eliminate such hazards as lead-based paint, mold and mildew, and roach and rat infestation. The seminar also addresses methods of funding remediation. The six-hour seminar is taught in two sessions on the same day. Call (212) 863-8830 for remaining seminar dates, times and locations.

Other HEP courses available this year include "Owners Pro-Housing Training," Advanced Building Systems/Physical Plant," "Building Finance," "Working with Tenants," "Building Systems Hands On," and "Water Conservation Seminars."

HPD is the nation's 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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