The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is now accepting online credit card payments for HPD's housing education classes. HPD offers over one hundred different classes covering topics such as building finance, energy conservation, lead paint awareness and fair housing laws. Approximately 85% of the classes offered are free of charge but some include a materials fee. Through HPD's website at www.nyc.gov/hpd New Yorkers are able to register for classes on the days and times that suit them, check schedules, e-mail HPD with questions and offer suggestions on the classes. Now they can also easily pay for classes that require a fee.
HPD offers training courses for owners, property managers, housing professionals, superintendents, and tenants. In the past year, over 26,300 people enrolled in HPD's education programs. HPD also conducted first-time homeownership training for almost 1,300 people in fiscal year 2006. Courses take place across the city. In addition, HPD offers several lead paint courses at CUNY Community Colleges in the Bronx (HOSTOS), Brooklyn (City Tech), Manhattan (Graduate Center) and Queens (La Guardia). Courses at these sites have a small materials fee.
HPD Commissioner Shaun Donovan said, "HPD plans to further increase the attendance at our classes by making payment for classes as quick and easy as possible. The more New Yorkers who are trained in the maintenance and care of the City's housing stock the better for everyone - both building owners and tenants. We need to preserve the city's aging housing stock with infrastructure improvements, preventative maintenance, sound financial management and compliance with housing regulations. Well-maintained, quality housing is a mainstay of Mayor Bloomberg's $7.5 billion New Housing Marketplace plan to fund the rehabilitation and construction of 165,000 apartments and homes over ten years. The plan is working: according to the US Census, housing maintenance conditions across the city are the best on record."
People without access to the internet can call 311 and request a copy of HPD's Housing Education Course Guide.
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.