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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 29-06
Tuesday, October 24, 2006

RSVPs (212) 863-7054
More info for owners: (212) 863-5300
Press Contact: Carmen E. Boon - (212) 863-5176


HPD’S OWNERS’ NIGHT TO PROVIDE RESIDENTIAL OWNERS IN QUEENS WITH FREE BUILDING MANAGEMENT ADVICE

Homeowners, co-op owners and building owners and landlords from Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens, parts of Maspeth, Richmond, Elmhurst in Queens are invited to attend a Thursday November 2nd Owners' Night at P.S. 144 organized by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).  The event is co-sponsored by Council Member Melinda R. Katz, who represents District 29 and the neighborhoods above. 

The event will provide information on the availability of HPD services such as low-interest loans, housing violations correction and assistance with mortgages and refinancing as well as HPD courses including building management and maintenance, expense reduction strategies and owner-tenant relations. Attendees will watch a DVD entitled "Services for Residential Property Owners" that presents HPD's services and rehabilitation loan programs.  A panel of experts from HPD will then answer questions from the audience.

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 provide opportunities to put people in touch with assistance they can use. Maintaining and preserving New York City'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 $7.5 billion plan to create and preserve 165,000 affordable housing units for 500,000 New Yorkers over ten years.”

“HPD’s Owners’ Night provides valuable information on resources and services on housing available to all NYC tenants and homeowners. We thank HPD for coming to the community to share this important information and we hope Queens residents can take full advantage of this opportunity,” said Council Member Katz.

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, Owners’ Nights in neighborhoods such as Morrisania in the Bronx and Park Slope in Brooklyn have drawn more than 8,000 property owners to events across New York City.

WHAT: Owners’ Night, a program by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development

WHEN:   Thursday November 2nd, 2006, from 6:30pm-8:00pm

WHERE: P.S. 144, 93-02 69th Ave. Forest Hills, NY 11375

DIRECTIONS: Q23 Bus Via 69th Ave. To Kessel St. School Is On 69th Ave. (Use Kessel Street Entrance)

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

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The Department of Housing Preservation and Development's mission is to promote quality housing and viable neighborhoods for New Yorkers. The department is the nation's largest municipal housing development agency and is implementing Mayor Bloomberg's New Housing Marketplace Plan to build and preserve 165,000 units of affordable housing over ten years. The New Housing Marketplace Plan is the largest municipal affordable housing effort in the nation's history. HPD also encourages the preservation of affordable housing through education, outreach, loan programs and enforcement of housing quality standards.

 




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