BROOKLYN, NY. Home owners and building owners from around Midwood, Bensonhurst and Boro Park attended an "Owners' Night" at PS 177 on May 31st, organized by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). The event provided information on the availability of low-interest loans, building management and maintenance, owner-tenant relations, help with correcting housing violations and assistance with mortgages and refinancing. The event was co-sponsored by Council Member Simcha Felder, Assemblyman William Colton and the United Chinese Association.
Almost 100 people attended HPD's Owners Night. They heard from elected officials, watched a DVD entitled "Services for Residential Property Owners" that presents HPD's services for property owners and HPD's rehabilitation loan programs. A panel of experts from HPD then answered questions.
HPD's Owner Services Program travels from borough to borough, educating residential property owners about the availability of low-interest loans, free educational classes on subjects such as lead paint, energy conservation and fair housing as well as free owner counseling. Launched in February 2001, Owner's Nights have drawn more than 5,000 property owners to events in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and the Bronx.
HPD Commissioner Shaun Donovan said," Many property owners are unaware of the assistance that is available for maintaining and improving their properties. The Owners' Nights, which HPD holds monthly across the five boroughs, provide opportunities to put people in touch with assistance they can use. Maintaining and preserving NYC's housing stock and encouraging investment in infrastructure improvements to homes and apartment buildings is a fundamental objective of Mayor Bloomberg's New Housing Marketplace Plan, a $3 billion plan to create and preserve affordable housing for 200,000 New Yorkers over five years."
Council Member Simcha Felder said, "With so many homeowners living in the 44th Council District, I am gratified to bring this important program to my constituents. I share and commend the goals of the Bloomberg administration in this effort to help ease the burden of homeownership. There is no doubt that the residents of Midwood, Bensonhurst and Boro Park will benefit from Owners' Night, ensuring that our community will continue to be a great place to live, work, and raise a family."
"Too often my office comes across homeowners who are not aware of all of the beneficial programs that are available to them" stated Assemblymember William Colton. "I am proud to have joined forces with Councilman Felder and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development to bring home such a useful and educational experience for our neighborhood's homeowners."
Steve Chung, President of United Chinese Association of Brooklyn said, "It was really a great opportunity for our association to be able to team with NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, State Assemblyman William Colton and Councilman Simcha Felder in sponsoring this meaningful Workshop. I personally think that this is absolutely a must event in the Bensonhurst community. Bensonhurst is one the most ethnic diversified neighborhood in America. Increasing numbers of new immigrants with limited knowledge about housing have continued to settle in this neighborhood. This workshop has provided a great opportunity in educating them on how to properly handle housing problems, such as: financial guidance, low interest loans, building maintenance, etc. Most important, this workshop teaches them the best ways to settle owner-tenant dispute as well as building violations."
For information on upcoming Owners Nights and other resources HPD makes available to building owners call 311 or log on to www.nyc.gov/hpd .
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.