Established in 1978, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) promotes the quality and affordability of the city's housing and the strength and diversity of its many neighborhoods.
Preserving affordable housing means making sure homes that are affordable now, stay affordable into the future. And in the midst of a housing crisis that is pricing New Yorkers out of their neighborhoods, it's one of our best tools to keep people in their homes. Preservation has always been at the heart of HPD's work and is the cornerstone of the Mayor's Housing New York plan. Our efforts to preserve affordable housing include working with non-profits to acquire buildings and maintain affordability, providing tax exemptions and homeowner repair loans, energy-efficiency updates, and more. Learn more about HPD's Preservation programs.
And in New York City, tenants have many rights relating to the safety and quality of their housing. HPD works to protect these rights by preventing harassment, displacement, and ensuring low-income tenants facing legal proceedings in housing Court have universal access to legal representation. Learn more about Tenants' Rights.
Developing new affordable housing is another way HPD is working to meet current and future housing demands, and we're financing more affordable housing than ever before. These efforts include large-scale, mixed-income developments that help revitalize communities, supportive and senior residences that serve some of the most vulnerable among us, and homeownership opportunities that help working class New Yorkers own a piece of their neighborhoods. Learn more about HPD's New Construction programs.
And by promoting innovation in new construction methods, activating underutilized sites for new housing, and changing zoning and land use regulations we're creating even more new affordable housing. By ensuring that housing production is sustainable and aligned with New York City's changing demographics, HPD is building housing that meets our changing climate and evolving needs of how New Yorkers live.
HPD protects the quality and affordability of our city by rigorously enforcing the New York City Housing Maintenance Code, which covers heat and hot water, mold, pests, gas leaks, fire safety, and more. Our inspectors work tirelessly to keep tenants safe and hold building owners accountable, performing over 500,000 inspections annually.
We proactively use a variety of other Code Enforcement tools to address building conditions, from performing owner outreach to bringing cases in Housing Court to performing emergency repairs. Learn more about Property Management.
HPD and partner City agencies work together with communities across the five boroughs to plan for the preservation and development of affordable housing in a manner that fosters more equitable, diverse, and livable neighborhoods. Communities are central to developing solutions for the future of their neighborhoods. In understanding the goals, concerns, aspirations, values, priorities, and vision for a neighborhood, as articulated by the community, we can more effectively plan investments that meet community needs. Learn more about Neighborhood Planning.