FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENYC HPD INITIATIVE EDUCATES RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY OWNERS ON PROGRAMS, SERVICES TO HELP THEM MAINTAIN VIABLE BUILDINGS
July 16, 2002
Carol Abrams (212) 863-5176
Kim Brown (212) 863-8076
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and its Owner Services Program travel from borough to borough, educating residential property owners about the availability of low-interest loans, free educational classes and free owner counseling. Launched in February 2001, "Owner's Night" has drawn more than 2,000 property owners to events in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.
"This initiative allows us to go into different New York City neighborhoods and talk directly to property owners about the services we make available to them," said HPD Commissioner Jerilyn Perine. "'Owner's Night' helps us establish and maintain relationships with property owners, and it shows them that we are interested in helping them maintain their buildings."
At "Owner's Night," property owners can learn about HPD's Owner Services Program, which offers services including:
- Financial guidance
- Building management
- Low-interest loans
- Owner-tenant relations
- Expense reduction strategies
- Help with violations
- Assistance with mortgages and refinancing
"I feel privileged and thankful to be in this program," said Joseph Fonseca of Brooklyn, who participated in HPD's free Housing Education Program outlined at "Owner's Night." "I own 19 apartments in four buildings. I did this (managing properties) all on my own. If I would have taken these courses before, I would have saved thousands of dollars and a lot of energy. You're a fool if you don't take them. And they're free, thank God."
For more information, call (212) 863-5300.