Homeowners, co-op owners and building owners and landlords from Central Harlem; parts of Morningside Heights, Upper West Side, East Harlem are invited to attend a Thursday April 26 Owners’ Night at the Harlem State Office Building organized by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). The event is co-sponsored by Council Member Inez E. Dickens who represents District 9 which includes the neighborhoods mentioned 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.”
Council Member Dickens said, “I am pleased to co-host ‘Owners’ Night’ with HPD in my community. Owning your own home is a rewarding experience but it is not without challenge. I encourage everyone to attend this event and to take advantage of important information that will help you to manage and maintain your home.”
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 10,000 property owners to events across New York City.
WHAT: Owners’ Night, a program by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development
WHEN: Thursday April 26th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
WHERE: Harlem State Office Building , Art Gallery (Room 213), 163 West 125th Street, NY, NY 10027
DIRECTIONS: 2 or 3 trains to 125th street.
SEATING IS LIMITED: PLEASE RSVP BY CALLING 212-863-7054 OR 311 BY APRIL 24th
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.