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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
Press Room

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 22, 2001

Department of Housing Preservation and Development
Contact:Carol Abrams (212) 863-5176
Kim Brown (212) 863-8076

NYC Housing Agency Celebrates Homeownership Month in September

Agency to Offer Classes, Information Seminars for Current, Prospective Homeowners

Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani has designated September as "Homeownership Month" throughout the city. As part of the "New Home, New York" celebration, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) will conduct educational classes and seminars aimed at helping homeowners maintain their property and preparing first-time homebuyers for homeownership.

"Buying a home is the largest purchase most people will ever make," said HPD Commissioner Jerilyn Perine. "We want to help prepare New Yorkers for homeownership by offering classes and seminars about the financial aspects of ownership, the types of homes available for purchase, and the steps homeowners need to take to maintain their property."

During Homeownership Month, HPD's Housing Education Program will offer beginner and advanced courses in building management and building systems, as well as seminars on water conservation and environmental health. Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS), one of HPD's community partners, has scheduled a variety of classes at its 11 offices throughout the five boroughs for first-time homeowners and long-time homeowners. Among the courses offered are: Water Damage Prevention, Lead Prevention, Financial Fitness - the ABCs of Personal Finance, Homebuyer Orientation, and Buying a HUD (Housing and Urban Development) Home. Most classes require pre-registration. Consult the attached calendar for more information.

In an effort to publicize its web sites, HPD will conduct a free informational session at the easyEverything internet cafe in Times Square for 150 prospective homebuyers. The session will include an overview of the agency's websites nyc.gov/hpd and nychome.org, as well as a presentation from the Mortgage Coalition, which works with several community partners to assist families with home mortgages.

HPD thanks its Homeownership Month partners - Astoria Federal Savings, Citibank, The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC), Dime Savings Bank, The Fannie Mae Foundation, Fleet Bank, Goldman Sachs, GreenPoint Bank, HSBC, and JPMorganChase - for hosting Homeownership Month events.

The City's homeownership programs include 1) new construction of affordable homes on City-owned land, 2) the rehabilitation and sale of buildings the City acquired through tax foreclosure, 3) low-interest loans so owner-occupants can make repairs and improvements to their homes, 4) housing education, and 5) owner services.

HPD's mission is to promote quality housing and viable neighborhoods for New Yorkers. The department is the nation's largest municipal housing development agency. Since Fiscal Year 1994, the agency has completed the construction or rehabilitation of 68,000 units of affordable housing.

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HOMEOWNERSHIP MONTH 2001

In September, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) will celebrate Homeownership Month with a series of free classes related to buying and maintaining a home. Now in its fifth year, Homeownership Month is designed to inform New Yorkers about HPD's homeownership programs and other initiatives that promote quality housing and viable neighborhoods for New York City's families. Below is a schedule of classes being offered during Homeownership Month 2001. Several classes require pre-registration.


9/5 Home Maintenance Training Orientation/Insurance Seminar
Free
6 p.m.
NHS Bedford-Stuyvesant Office
1012 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn
(718) 919-2100

Home Maintenance Training Orientation/Seminar
Free
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
7:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.
NHS West Brighton Office
1205 Castleton Avenue, S. Island
(718) 442-8080

Home Maintenance Training Orientation/Seminar
Free
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
NHS East Flatbush Office
2806 Church Avenue, Brooklyn
(718) 469-4679

First Time Homebuyer Seminar
Free
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
NHS East Flatbush Office
Call for location of seminar
(718) 469-4679

9/6 Home Maintenance Training Orientation
Free
6 p.m.
NHS N. and S. Bronx Offices
1734 Townsend Avenue, Bronx
(718) 881-1180 or (718) 992-5979

First Time Homebuyer's Club
$75.00 per family (pay with money order)
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Weekly to October 4
NHS North Bronx Office
1178 East Gun Hill Road, Bronx
(718) 881-1180

Home Maintenance Training Seminar/Orientation
Free
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
NHS Northern Queens Office
60-20 Woodside Avenue, Queens
(718) 457-1017

HPD Housing Education Program Course 101: Intro to Building Management and Systems for Residential Property Owners
Free
Every Thursday for Nine Weeks
5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Hunter College, BMCC and Lehman College
Pre-registration required
(212) 863-8830

9/8 Homebuyer Orientation Seminar
Free
10 a.m. to Noon
NHS Homeownership Center
One Hanson Place, 19th Floor, downtown Brooklyn
Call to reserve a seat
(718) 230-7610

First Time Homebuyer Seminar
Free
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
NHS East Flatbush Office
2806 Church Avenue, Brooklyn
(718) 469-4679

9/10 Stained Glass Seminar
Free
6 p.m.
NHS Bedford-Stuyvesant Office
1012 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn
(718) 919-2100

9/12 Home Buyer Orientation
Free
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
NHS West Brighton Office
1205 Castleton Avenue, S. Island
(718) 442-8080

HPD HEP Course 303: Environmental Health Seminars
Module 1
Free
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location TBA
Pre-registration required
(212) 863-8830

First Home Savings Club
$75.00 per family (pay with money order)
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Weekly to October 4
NHS North Bronx Office
1178 East Gun Hill Road, Bronx
(718) 881-1180

9/13 Home Improvement Seminar
Free
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
NHS East Flatbush Office
2806 Church Avenue, Brooklyn
(718) 469-4679

9/18 HPD HEP Course 202: Advanced Building Systems/Physical Plant
Free
5:45 p.m. to 8:30 pm.
HPD
100 Gold Street, Manhattan
Pre-registration required
(212) 863-8830

Co-ops & Condos Seminar
Free
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
NHS North Bronx Office
1178 East Gun Hill Road, Bronx
(718) 881-1180

HomeBuyers Club
$75.00 per family (pay with money order)
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Weekly to October 23
Pre-registration required
NHS Homeownership Center
One Hanson Place, 19th Floor, downtown Brooklyn
(718) 230-7610

9/19 Homebuyer's Orientation Seminar
Free
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
NHS North Bronx Office
1178 East Gun Hill Road, Bronx
(718) 881-1180
Financial Fitness - ABCs of Personal Finance
$50.00 (pay with money order)
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Pre-registration is required
NHS Homeownership Center
One Hanson Place, 19th Floor downtown Brooklyn
(718) 230-7610

HPD HEP Course 202: Advanced Building Systems/Physical Plant
Free
5:45 p.m. to 8:30 pm.
HPD
100 Gold Street, Manhattan
Pre-registration required
(212) 863-8830

Water Damage Prevention Seminar
Free
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
NHS West Brighton Office
1205 Castleton Avenue, S. Island
(718) 442-8080

HPD HEP Course 303: Environmental Health Seminars
Module 2
Free
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location TBA
Pre-registration required
(212) 863-8830

9/20 Landlord Training
Free
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
NHS East Flatbush Office
2806 Church Avenue, Brooklyn
(718) 469-4679

HPD Seminar
Water and Energy Conservation
Free
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
HPD
100 Gold Street, Manhattan
Pre-registration required
(212) 863-8830

9/22 Homebuyer Orientation
Free
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
NHS West Brighton Office
1205 Castleton Avenue, S. Island
(718) 442-8080

HomeBuyer's Club
$75.00 per family
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Six-week program
Pre-registration is required
NHS East Flatbush Office
2806 Church Avenue, Brooklyn
(718) 469-4679

9/24 Lead Prevention Seminar
Free
6 p.m.
NHS Bedford-Stuyvesant Office
1012 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn
(718) 919-2100

Slashing Your Family Budget
Free
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
NHS West Brighton Office
1205 Castleton Avenue, S. Island
(718) 442-8080

9/25 HPD HEP Course 202: Advanced Building Systems/Physical Plant
Free
5:45 p.m. to 8:30 pm.
HPD
100 Gold Street, Manhattan
Pre-registration required
(212) 863-8830

9/26 HomeBuyer Club Orientation
Free
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
NHS South Bronx Office
200 East 161st St./across from Yankee Stadium
(718) 992-5979

HPD HEP Course 202: Advanced Building Systems/Physical Plant
Free
5:45 p.m. to 8:30 pm.
HPD
100 Gold Street, Manhattan
Pre-registration required
(212) 863-8830

First Time Homebuyer Seminar
Free
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
NHS East Flatbush Office
Call for location
(718) 469-4679

9/27 Home Improvement/Winter Survival Seminar
Free
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
NHS South Bronx Office
200 East 161st St./across from Yankee Stadium
(718) 992-5979

9/29 Home Buyers Club/Fastrack
$75.00 per family
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
NHS West Brighton Office
1205 Castleton Avenue, S. Island
(718) 442-8080



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