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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 Participate in Interactive, Comprehensive Courses

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 2003 class schedule for the agency's Housing Education Program (HEP). The comprehensive program offers interactive, hands-on instruction on a range of maintenance, improvement and conservation topics.

"The classes provide an excellent opportunity for property owners to learn how to maintain their buildings up to Code more cost-effectively, said Commissioner Perine. "I encourage all property owners to enroll in the classes themselves or send their superintendents."

The 2003 edition of the Housing Education Program includes a variety of 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 and completing the course application available at 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 an interactive class through video conferencing from four locationsin Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, the next nine-week session will beginon November 21, 2002 . Classes are held Thursday evenings from 6:00p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Topics in this curriculum include Housing Court, reviewof Tax Exemption and Loan Programs, and how to improve your heating, plumbingand electric systems. This course is a pre-requisite for Course 201, 202and 203. Call (212) 863-8830 to apply, or apply on-line using HEP'sOn-Line Course Application.

  • 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 abuilding. Participants will learn about the structural systems that existin a building, all aspects of repair (estimating, working with contractors,contracting out emergency repairs), the NYC Housing Maintenance Code, andissues related to pest control, sanitation/recycling, building securityand water conservation. Upon completion of this course, all participantswill be certified as superintendents in accordance with the NYC HousingMaintenance Code (Section 27-2055). The course includes 25 sessions, beginningNovember 25, 2002 . The sessions will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdayfrom 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at 100 Gold Street, Manhattan. Call (212) 863-8830to apply, or apply on-line using HEP'sOn-Line Course Application.

  • Course 304: Small Property Owners Training

    As part of the PRO (Pathways to Responsible Ownership) Housing Initiative,HPD's Housing Education Program offers a new nine-session training seminarfor the owners of 1-6 family dwellings in the New York City area who havesuccessfully completed Course 101. The next course begins November 21,2002 . The seminar will be held Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at100 Gold Street, Manhattan. It focuses on the basics of small property ownershipand building management, highlighting important preventive maintenance strategiesto ensure the preservation of their properties. Call (212) 863-8830 to apply,or apply on-line using HEP's On-LineCourse 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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