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--- Issued May 23, 2017

Whenever there is an emergency situation in Erie’s public housing involving the welfare of HACE residents, COPPS  (Community-Oriented Police and Probation Services) is there, if needed.

That includes reading emergencies.

Just recently four COPPS officers visited Lake City Dwellings GECAC Head Start Program to read children’s books to youngsters there.  Each officer read a children’s book to the three- and four-year-olds who listened in rapt attention.

This is the third recent such “emergency” to which HACE COPPS has responded.  In December and February they read to children at Early Connections centers at John E. Horan Garden Apartments and the Marsha Ann Hall Learning Center at Harbor Homes.

COPPS have been reading to kids for years.

 “They always go, if they're available,  when somebody calls,” says Cherie Kinem, resident initiatives coordinator for the Authority.  “Six of COPPS officers showed up at one site, for example.”

 “The children are very inquisitive and love the visits,” she said. “At the Lake City visit, the children wanted to see the police patrol car the officers drove, for instance.  They loved the reading too, of course.

 “It’s just a very good way to introduce children to police, and show them officers who can become role models.”

 The COPPS program is part of the legacy begun by the late HACE Executive Director John E. Horan, former Executive Director Daniel J. Roessner, and Acting Executive Director Michael R. Fraley.

That legacy: "It's About People."

In 1989, the Housing Authority formally expanded its core mission to provide affordable housing by adding the following:  “We exist to foster among the residents we serve economic self-sufficiency and a sense of community and pride in the neighborhoods where they reside.”

That put the Authority well on the way to becoming a full service organization, dealing not with just the symptoms of poverty, but with the underlying causes. First, public housing neighborhoods had to be safe.

As part of its expanded efforts, the Authority implemented the COPPS Program, providing “cops on the beat” and on-site adult and juvenile probation services.

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie and its local partner agencies have been recognized by the Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies (PAHRA) with the PAHRA Best Practices Award of Merit.

PAHRA is an affiliation of Pennsylvania’s housing authorities, redevelopment authorities, and community development agencies that provide a channel for the exchange of ideas, experiences, and innovations within the fields of housing and community development.

"This is one program that truly shows, that for the Housing Authority of the City of Erie," it truly is 'About People,'" Fraley said.

For more information, call Fraley at 814 452-2425.

 

--- Issued May 20, 2017

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie was recently awarded United Way's Honor Roll Distinction for demonstrating long-term consecutive years of workplace giving campaign growth!

HACE was recognized for a record 22 consecutive years of workplace giving.

"WOW! Thanks for LIVING UNITED team HACE!," a United Way spokesperson said on the United Way's Facebook site. "Thank you for your support as United Way works to reduce poverty and increase self-sufficiency in Erie County!"

From left are HACE employees Cherie Kinem, Roxane Stovall, and Rose Knepper; United Way President Bill Jackson; HACE Acting Executive Director Michael R. Fraley; and HACE employees Lynn Little, Karen Carneval, Vera Logvina-Sizov and Dan Potalivo

 

 

 

 

 

 

--- Issued May 2, 2017

Daniel J. Roessner, executive director of the Housing Authority of the City of Erie (HACE),  submitted his retirement notice to the Authority's Board of Commissioners, effective May 1, 2017.

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--- Issued April 11, 2017

It’s that time of year again – time to apply for the Louis J. Tullio Memorial College Scholarships.


(Click HERE to download a scholarship application form for printing to fill-out.)

(Click HERE to download your student's application checklist.)


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--- Issued April 4, 2017

MEL WITHERSPOON ...

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... Issued April 3, 2017

The Sunshine Group of Erie was formed to bring a little sunshine into the lives of Erie residents, including those participating in the HACE Family Self-Sufficiency programs.

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--- Issued April 2, 2017

Maria Lopez is the  most recent graduate of the Authority's Section 8 Family Self-Sufficiency Program.

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--- Issued February 28, 2017

Our COPPS Officers recently went to the Harbor Homes Early Connections Childcare Center and visited with the children.

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--- Issued January 13, 2017

“To provide safe, decent, and affordable housing for lower income families, elderly, and persons with disabilities; and to foster among the residents we serve economic self-sufficiency and a sense of community and pride in neighborhoods where they reside.”

That is – and has been – the mission statement of the Housing Authority of the City of Erie since its inception in 1938. This January, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the Authority a grant to enable the Authority to keep fulfilling the pillar of that mission ­– promoting self-sufficiency for its residents.

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--- Issued December 15, 2016

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie is distributing, this week, the largest amount ever for Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) to the three taxing bodies – the City of Erie, Erie County, and the Erie School District.

The Housing Authority Board approved the three payments on November 28. December is the month in which PILOT checks are traditionally distributed.

The total of these 2016 PILOT payments is $368,331.59.  This amount is the highest ever paid by the Housing Authority and is $53,801.75 more than last year’s PILOT payments. The previous all-time high was $332,304.09, made in 2013.

Between 2015 and 2016:

  • The amount payable to the City increased $16,554.69 to $137,293.16.
  •  The School District’s share increased $27,308.95 to $176,773.38.
  •  The County’s share increased $9,938.11 to $54,265.05.

The current PILOT amount is well above the $315,572.75 average of the years 2011 through 2015.

The record-setting amount is made possible because Housing Authority rental income has been increasing faster than the Authority’s utility expenses.  

The Authority’s gas utility expense, for instance, has decreased over the past six years due to the decreased cost of natural gas and decreased consumption because of the Authority’s new high-efficiency furnaces.

The price of electricity has also decreased due to the decrease in the generation cost due primarily to the lower cost of natural gas.

These are the two main factors that determine the amount of the PILOT -- high occupancy resulting in high rental income and the reduction in utility costs.

 "We are pleased to be able to increase our contribution to the three taxing bodies," said Daniel J. Roessner, executive director of the Authority. 

 “The Housing Authority is, by state law, exempt from payment of real estate taxes, however, we make these voluntary payments to the taxing bodies for the services they provide to public housing residents," he said.

"Providing financial support to our local governing bodies is the right thing to do even though we are tax exempt. We are limited by federal law as to the amount of the PILOT payments. However, we always pay the maximum amount permitted."



Each year, since 1941, the Authority has provided voluntary PILOT payments to the City of Erie, Erie County, and the Erie School District.

Counting this year’s contribution of $368,331.59, the Authority has paid a total of $8,444.682 in lieu of real estate taxes since 1941.



The Housing Authority of the City of Erie exists to provide safe, decent, and affordable housing for lower-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities, and to foster among the residents served by the Authority economic self-sufficiency and a sense of

community and pride in the neighborhoods where they reside.

The Authority owns and manages 2,163 quality housing units in the City of Erie for low- and moderate-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

In total, the Authority provides affordable housing to more than 7,500 Erie citizens through its various housing programs.



For more information or to schedule video, call Daniel Roessner at 814-452-2425.

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