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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
Press Room


November 4, 2002

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


Building Owners/Managers Encouraged to Enroll

Continuing its efforts 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 2003 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.

"More than 15,000 building owners, managers and maintenance have enrolled in HEP courses since the program was introduced in 1994," said Commissioner Perine. "These free classes provide an excellent opportunity for property owners to learn how to maintain their buildings up to Code more cost-effectively. I encourage all property owners to either take classes themselves or send their superintendents."

The 2003 edition of the Housing Education Program features seven 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, completing the HEP's On-Line Course Application 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 to Residential Property Management and Building Systems

    Taught as interactive class through video conferencing from four locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, the next nine-week session will begin November 21, 2002. Classes are held Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The course is a pre-requisite for Course 201, 202 and 203.

  • Course 102: Owners Training Seminar

    This six-session course focuses on assisting owners to increase their bottom lines and preserve their buildings through sound management strategies. The next session begins on November 12, 2002. The seminar will be held on Wednesdays, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Harlem Community Justice Center, located at 170 E. 121st Street (between Lexington and Third Avenues) in Manhattan. The course is based on specific needs, but usually includes information on loan programs, record keeping, new tenant selections, narcotics control, Housing Court, preventive maintenance strategies, working with tenants, and environmental health issues.

  • Course 103: Building Maintenance for Youth

    This eight-week class is for youth ages 17 to 25 who are interested in learning the basics of building maintenance. The course features 22 theory classes and 13 hands-on sessions. The next session begins November 25, 2002. Classes will be held Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 100 Gold Street, Manhattan. Call (212) 863-8830 to apply, or apply on-line using HEP's On-Line Course Application.

  • Course 202: Advanced Building Systems/Physical Plant

    This comprehensive 25-session course on the structural, systems and maintenance aspects of residential dwellings includes information on building structure; electrical, plumbing and heating systems; all aspects of repairs (estimating, working with contractors, contracting out emergency repairs); housing codes; and maintenance issues such as pest control, sanitation/recycling, building security, and a water conservation seminar. Classes begin on November 25, 2002, and will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 100 Gold Street, Manhattan. Call (212) 863-8830 for exact class location. Upon completion of the course, participants will be certified as superintendents in accordance with the New York City Housing Maintenance Code (Section 27-2055).

  • 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. Seminars will be held November 7 and November 21, 2002, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 100 Gold Street, Manhattan. Call (212) 863-8830 to apply, or apply on-line using HEP's On-Line Course Application.

  • Course 304: Small Property Owners Training

    As part of the PRO Housing Initiative, HPD's Housing Education Program offers a new nine-session training seminar for the owners of 1-6 family dwellings in the New York City area. The next course begins November 21, 2002. The seminar will be held Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 100 Gold Street, Manhattan. It focuses on the basics of small property ownership and building management, highlighting important preventive maintenance strategies to ensure the preservation of their properties. Call (212) 863-8830 to apply, or apply on-line using HEP's On-Line Course Application.

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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