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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
Press Room

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 25-06
Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Neill McG. Coleman (212) 863-8076


NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING PRESERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCES HEALTHY HOMES, HEALTHY FAMILIES EXPO 2006

Housing Education Program will feature training, workshops, and exhibits

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) has announced the 2006 Healthy Homes, Healthy Families Expo which will take place on October 18th, 2006 at LaGuardia Community College in Queens.  This free expo, which will run from 9:00 AM to 7:00PM, will feature exhibit tables throughout the day representing city, state, and federal agencies, non-profit partners, community organizations, and other vendors providing information on in-home safety.  As a recipient of numerous US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Healthy Homes grants over the past 10 years, HPD is excited to host this event.

The Expo will also feature local officials speaking on a variety of topics related to in-home safety including enforcement of housing codes and general home safety throughout the morning.  The Expo will continue in the afternoon with workshops ranging from home environmental issues to obtaining licenses and permits for home improvements.

HPD Commissioner Shaun Donovan said, “Healthy homes are the foundation of healthy families and strong neighborhoods. Events like the Healthy Homes, Healthy Families Expo empowers New Yorkers to improve the safety and conditions of their homes and provides tools that can help them.”

HUD will be participating at the expo by offering a two day class for people interested in training educators for their National Public Awareness and Outreach Campaign “Healthy Homes for Healthy Kids”.  These Train-the-Trainer/Peer-to-Peer classes will take place on October 16th and 17th from 9:00AM to 5:30PM and will train participants in educating others on recruiting fellow residents, providing technical assistance, becoming a resource in their community, delivering information to their peers, and participating in future community outreach events. This campaign will also feature a built-to-scale demonstration home where visitors can learn about indoor environmental risks, in-home health and safety issues, healthy living and a children’s educational play area where children can also learn about home safety.

"HUD is devoted to educating parents about the most common health and safety hazards in the home, and is working with parents, teachers and children around the country to achieve this goal," said Sean Moss, HUD Regional Director for New York and New Jersey. "That is why we are so grateful to Commissioner Donovan and HPD for hosting the 2006 Healthy Homes, Healthy Families Expoat LaGuardia Community College in Queens, and including HUD as one of the key exhibitors."

"Home health hazards may lead to illnesses and injuries, such as lead poisoning, asthma, allergies, window falls, and chemical poisonings," said Nancy Clark, Assistant Commissioner for Environmental Disease Prevention at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. "This event is a great way for New Yorkers to learn how to keep their homes healthy and safe." 

A complete list of speakers and workshops can be found on the HPD website at www.nyc.gov/hpd . Expo attendees will also get the opportunity to visit HPD’s Handy Van, a mobile classroom that provides housing education to residents in their own neighborhood. The Handy Van offers information and training on basic home repairs, electrical safety, gas safety, enhanced affordability through energy efficiency, and home health safety issues.

Registration for the 2006 Healthy Homes, Healthy Families Expo can be completed online at www.nyc.gov/hpd or by calling 212-863-8830

WHAT:            Healthy Homes, Healthy Families 2006 Expo

WHO:              New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development

                      U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

                      New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

                      HANAC Inc.

                      Neighborhood Housing Services of Bedford-Stuyvesant

                      Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

                      Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation

                      St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Services

                      Pratt Area Community Council

                      Brooklyn Housing Family Services

 

WHERE:          LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Bldg E, Queens

WHEN:            Expo: Wednesday, October 18, 9 AM to 7 PM

                     HUD Classes: Monday, October 16 9 AM  to 5:30PM; Tuesday, October 17 9 AM to 5:30PM

WHY:              The Healthy Homes, Healthy Families 2006 Expo is an opportunity for residents  of the local community to learn about home safety issues as well as energy efficiency and conservation from local officials and health experts.

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