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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
Press Room

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 05-05
Monday, May 16, 2005

Press contact: Carol Abrams (212) 863-5176


Enrollment Open for Spring/Summer 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 Spring/Summer 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.

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 lead paint hazard prevention classes are ongoing and the next semester for most other Housing Education Program classes starts in September 2005.

HPD Housing Education Services Goes to CUNY

Housing Education Services is definitely moving up in the scholastic arena. HES has teamed up with several CUNY institutions to offer EPA-certified Lead courses at discounted rates. Through these courses, building owners and management, contractors, and maintenance personnel can learn to identify lead hazards and to plan, supervise, and perform work to abate them. These courses will be offered at CUNY campuses in each of the five boroughs. The courses will be offered in both English and Spanish.

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.




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