FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
CONTACT: Jason Rubin, 212-863-7879
NYC DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING PRESERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT, COUNCIL MEMBER YDANIS RODRIGUEZ, NYS SENATOR MARISOL ALCANTARA, AND NYS ASSEMLBYWOMAN CARMEN DE LA ROSA ANNOUNCE INWOOD TENANT RESOURCE FAIR TONIGHT
HPD to Hold Tenant Resource Fair in Inwood to Provide Information and Assistance on Tenant Rights, Tenant Associations, Rent Protection, and Other Topics
NEW YORK, NY – NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development in partnership with Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, NYS Senator Marisol Alcantara, and NYS Assemblywoman Carmen de la Rosa will hold a Tenant Resource Fair in Inwood. The resource fair will take place tonight, Tuesday, April 4 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm at the Isabella Geriatric Center, 515 Audubon Avenue, New York, NY 10040. All are welcome to attend. A workshop flyer is available on the HPD website.
“HPD is committed to working with tenants throughout the city to ensure that they know their rights and are able to access critical resources,” said HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer. “Tonight’s resource fair is an important opportunity for Inwood residents to engage with experienced City employees on any housing related question or concern they might have. We are grateful to Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, Senator Marisol Alcantara, and Assemblywoman Carmen de la Rosa for their partnership on this event and we look forward to continuing to work with the Inwood community and all New York City residents to ensure safe, quality, and affordable homes.”
"Tenants uptown need to know that New York City stands behind them when it comes to keeping them safe and in their homes," said Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez. "This resource fair is about driving home this point and assisting tenants with landlord issues, apartment repairs and more. I'm glad HPD is our partner in this effort and is helping to address our community's needs. "
"Considering the crisis of homelessness and affordability our city faces, I am proud to cosponsor this tenant resource fair in partnership with HPD, Councilmember Rodriguez, and Assemblymember De La Rosa. It is vitally important that all tenants know their rights when dealing with unscrupulous landlords and that public policy is aligned with the goal of keeping families in their homes instead of letting rising rents displace longstanding communities,” said Senator Marisol Alcantara.
Tonight’s resource fair is an important opportunity for area residents to receive individual assistance and engage with a wide range of resources at their disposal. The program will begin with a “know your rights as a tenant” presentation by an attorney. Topics such as starting or strengthening a tenant association, rent protection for low-income senior and disabled tenants, HPD housing lotteries, rights of tenants in rent-regulated apartments, and housing discrimination will also be covered.
HPD is one of the many City agencies committed to both educating tenants as to what their rights are and enforcing those rights when necessary. Through our Code Enforcement Division, HPD responds to hundreds of thousands of tenant complaints every year, issuing violations, making emergency repairs, and bringing litigation to housing court to ensure that building quality and safety standards are met for all New York City residents. Individuals seeking to file a complaint should call 311. New Yorkers interested in more information on their housing rights and responsibilities can consult HPD’s guide, The ABC’s of Housing.
About the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD):
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is the nation’s largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and diverse, thriving neighborhoods for New Yorkers through loan and development programs for new affordable housing, preservation of the affordability of the existing housing stock, enforcement of housing quality standards, and educational programs for tenants and building owners. HPD is tasked with fulfilling Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York: A Five-Borough Ten-Year Plan to create and preserve 200,000 affordable units for New Yorkers at the very lowest incomes to those in the middle class. For more information visit www.nyc.gov/hpd and for regular updates on HPD news and services, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @NYCHousing.