Proactive Preservation Initiative

Proactive Preservation Initiative

The Proactive Preservation Initiative (PPI) is the City's comprehensive approach to identifying and addressing deteriorating physical conditions in multifamily buildings across New York City before they endanger the health and safety of residents and threaten the quality of the surrounding neighborhood. PPI uses a network of information sources to preemptively identify at-risk buildings and, through a variety of intervention strategies and programs, provides the tools or incentives to ensure that owners are both accountable and equipped to maintain their buildings in safe condition. New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) evaluates approximately 500 buildings annually through Proactive Preservation.

Key Pathways

Severe Physical Distress

HPD's Proactive Enforcement Bureau (PEB) performs roof-to-cellar inspections, issues code violations where necessary, and makes emergency repairs resulting in tax liens on the property. A 45-day inspection confirms whether violations were corrected Housing Litigation Division pursues court-ordered repairs and civil penalties

Non-Emergency Physical Distress

HPD works with owners to assess needs, connects cooperative owners with assistance such as loans, or pursues uncooperative or absent owners with code enforcement

Little to No Distress

HPD monitors violation counts on a watch list and resurveys if signs of deterioration emerge

Financial Distress

HPD may work with bank and owner to negotiate a transfer of the property into the hands of a responsible developer, with or without HPD loan assistance for repairs