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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
Press Room

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 30, 2004

Press contact: Carol Abrams (212) 863-5176
For information about the seminars, call 311.

HPD OFFERS FREE SEMINARS ON LEAD POISONING PREVENTION


New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Jerilyn Perine announces that HPD is offering free lead poisoning prevention and environmental health seminars in Astoria, Queens and in Flatbush and East Flatbush, Brooklyn. The free, 3-hour training classes start this month and will be held on a monthly basis through September 2005.

"We want New Yorkers to know how to identify and correct lead-based paint hazards safely," said Commissioner Perine.

The seminars will target building owners, tenants, local contractors and neighborhood hardware stores in Queens and Brooklyn. Training classes will be held in Astoria, Flatbush and East Flatbush and will be simultaneously broadcast in neighborhoods throughout the City. Two community-based organizations, HANAC, Inc. and Brooklyn Housing and Family Services of East Flatbush, are participating in the training effort.

Owners and tenants who participate in the classes will be issued training certificates. Participating contractors will be eligible to receive certifications from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The seminars are funded by the federal Lead Education Outreach grant program.

For information about the seminars, call the City's Citizen Service Center at 311; HANAC, Inc. at (718) 728-6886; or Brooklyn Housing and Family Services at (718) 435-7585.

HPD is the nation's largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. A major responsibility of the agency is to encourage preservation of affordable housing through education, outreach, loan programs, and enforcement of housing quality standards.




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