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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Enrollment Open for Fall/Winter 2004-2005 Housing Education Classes Sponsored by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Shaun Donovan announced today that enrollment is now open for Fall/Winter 2004-2005 Housing Education Program classes. The Housing Education Program offers many classes free of charge and is offering courses on lead paint hazard prevention at discounted rates. Most Housing Education classes are offered every four to six weeks.

HPD Commissioner Shaun Donovan said, "These classes provide an excellent opportunity for property owners to learn how to maintain their buildings up to Code more cost-effectively and to comply with the City's Lead Paint Hazard Prevention Law. I encourage all property owners to either take classes themselves or send their superintendents."

The Housing Education Program offers a range of free certificate programs including Introduction to Residential Property Management, Advanced Property Management, Working With Tenants, Introduction to Building Systems, and Building Finance.

The Housing Education Program also offers free seminars on Homeownership Training, Water Conservation, Heat and Hot Water, Environmental Health.

Under the City's Lead Paint Hazard Reduction Law, Local Law 1 of 2004, all construction for renovation work in dwelling units where a child under seven resides and in the common areas of buildings with such units must be done by trained workers. The Housing Education Program is offering EPA certified lead courses at discounted rates. Through these courses, building owners and managers, contractors, and maintenance personnel can learn to identify lead hazards and to plan, supervise and perform work to abate lead paint hazards.

The following courses on lead paint hazard prevention are offered free of charge:

  • Local Law 1 of 2004 Compliance
  • Lead Awareness
  • Visual Assessment
  • Safe Work Practices

The following courses are offered at discounted rates:

  • Lead Abatement Workers ($140)
  • Lead Abatement Supervisors /Contractors ($225)
  • HUD Training for Remodelers/Renovators ($100)
  • Lead Paint Inspector ($225)
  • Lead Paint Risk Assessor ($150)
  • Lead Safe Work Practices ($100)

The lead paint hazard prevention classes start in early December and the next semester for most other Housing Education Program classes starts in January 2005.

For complete descriptions of the courses offered by the Housing Education Program, visit HPD's website at www.nyc.gov/hpd or call 311 and request a Housing Education Program brochure.

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.

To register for classes, call 311 and ask for HPD Housing Education.

Press contact: Carol Abrams (212) 863-5176

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