FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEHPD COMMISSIONER PERINE ANNOUNCES 2002 SCHEDULE OF FREE HOUSING EDUCATION PROGRAM CLASSES Building Owners/Managers Encouraged to Participate
March 21, 2002
Carol Abrams (212) 863-5176
Kim Brown (212) 863-8076
In a continuing effort to educate residential 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 2002 class schedule for the agency's Housing Education Program (HEP). The comprehensive program offers interactive, hands-on instruction on a range of conservation, maintenance and improvement topics.
"The classes provide an excellent opportunity for property owners to learn how to maintain their buildings more cost-effectively," said Commissioner Perine. "I encourage all property owners to enroll in the classes themselves or send their superintendents."
The 2002 edition of the Housing Education Program includes 11 courses spread over several weeks and taught as seminars, interactive courses and standard classroom sessions. 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 nyc.gov/hpd and mailing it to the address listed on the application. Interested parties can request a Course Guide by calling (212) 863-8830.
Among the nine courses currently being offered are:
- Course 101: Introduction of Residential Property Management and Building Systems
Taught as an interactive class through video conferencing from four locations in Manhattan , Brooklyn and Queens, the next nine-week session will be held from April 18 through June 6. Classes are held Thursday evenings from 5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Topics in this curriculum include Housing Court, review of Tax Exemption and Loan Programs, and how to improve your heating, plumbing and electric systems. This course is a pre-requisite for Course 201, 202 and 203. Call (212) 863-8830 for class location.
- Course 102: Owners Pro Housing Training
This seven-session course for building owners is conducted in each borough twice a year. The remaining dates for 2002 are April 17 through May 22 in Queens and May 29 through June 26 in Brooklyn. Classes are held Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call (212) 863-8830 for class location.
- Course 103: Building Maintenance for Youth
This eight-week course is for youth ages 17-25 years old who want to receive training as an assistant superintendent. Students learn the essentials of building maintenance and repair, including plumbing, electrical, and heating systems, and general repairs. This course certifies individuals as assistant superintendents in accordance with NYC Housing Maintenance Code (Section 27-2055). The next session is March 25 through May 20. Classes are held Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 100 Gold Street, Manhattan. Call (212) 863-8830 for class location.
- 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 record keeping, 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. The final session will be held April 15 through June 24. Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call (212) 863-8830 for class location.
- Course 202: Advanced Building Systems/Physical Plant
For building owners and managers who have successfully completed Course 101, this course is designed specifically to address the physical needs of a building. Participants will learn about the structural systems that exist in a building, all aspects of repair (estimating, working with contractors, contracting out emergency repairs), the NYC Housing Maintenance Code, and issues related to pest control, sanitation/recycling, building security and water conservation. Upon completion of this course, all participants will be certified as superintendents in accordance with the NYC Housing Maintenance Code (Section 27-2055). The session will be held April 30, 2002 through July 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 100 Gold Street, Manhattan. Call (212) 863-8830 for class location.
- Course 203: Building Finance
For building owners and managers who have successfully completed Course 101, this offering focuses on financial issues such as mortgages, refinancing, cutting maintenance and operating costs, developing and funding repair plans, and increasing the rent roll as cost-effective measures in building management. The next session is April 9 through May 16 at 100 Gold Street, Manhattan. Call (212) 863-8830 for class location.
- Course 301: Water Conservation Seminar
Sponsored by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), this seminar consists of one two hour and 30-minute session. Participants will learn how to read a water meter and a DEP water bill, resolve discrepancies in their water bill, and have the opportunity to sign up for free water saving apparatus for their homes through DEP's Water Audit Program. The remaining sessions will be held on March 28 (10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), April 9 (6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.), April 25 (10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), May 7 (6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.), May 23 (10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), June 4 (6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.), and June 20 (10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). All seminars will be held at 100 Gold Street, Manhattan. Call (212) 863-8830 for class location.
- Course 302: Heat and Hot Water Seminars
This two-session, 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 April 11 and April 18. Seminars are held on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 100 Gold Street, Manhattan. Call (212) 863-8830 for class location.
- Course 303: Environmental Health Seminar
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 remaining seminar dates are April 3, 10, 17 and 24 in Brooklyn and May 1 and 15 in Manhattan. Call (212) 863-8830 for class location.
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.