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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 15-07
Friday, May 18, 2007

May 17, 2007
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 BROOKLYN WITH FREE BUILDING MANAGEMENT ADVICE

Homeowners, co-op owners and building owners and landlords from Clinton Hill, Fort Greene; Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Bedford Stuyvesant, Park Slope, Flatbush and Windsor Terrace are invited to attend a Wednesday May 23rd Owners’ Night at P.S 316 organized by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).  The event is co-sponsored by Council Member Letitia James who represents Council District 35 and State Senator Eric Adams who represents Senatorial District 20, which include 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 Letitia James said:  "HPD's Owners' Night is an important event for property owners because it provides invaluable information, assistance and counseling, straight from the source.  Preserving, maintaining and protecting the housing stock in Brooklyn is of the utmost importance to me and the constituents that I serve.  By focusing on the maintenance and improvement of properties, we are securing the economic future for Brooklyn."

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: Wednesday May 23rd 6:00pm to 8:00pm

WHERE: P.S 316 (Auditorium), Entrance Corner of Park Place, 750 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238.

DIRECTIONS: 2, 3, 4 and 5 trains to to Franklin Ave. Station.

SEATING IS LIMITED: PLEASE RSVP BY CALLING 212-863-7054 OR 311 BY  MAY 21th

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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