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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
Press Room


March 21, 2002

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


Building Owners/Managers Encouraged to Attend

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 topics, including conservation.

"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 features three seminars. 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 seminars being offered are:

  • 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 about water conservation, 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 buildings 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 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.

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