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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.

--- Issued December 12, 2016

Here are a few of our photos from this year's Christmas gatherings:

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--- Issued November 27, 2016

Eighteen members of the LECOM College of Osteopathic Medicine Mentor Program, along with the YMCA of Greater Kids Club staff, served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to 60 children from the John E. Horan Garden Apartments and YMCA Kids Club.

The menu including turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, all prepared and served by the LECOM students and YMCA staff.

The dinner is a yearly tradition and part of the volunteer activities conducted by the LECOM Mentoring students.

The LECOM Mentoring programs provide first and second year medical students for the Erie Heights as mentors and program volunteers. They assist with homework, program activities, and special events.

The LECOM Mentoring Program has been a partner with the Housing Authority and the YMCA for the past seventeen years.

During the summer, LECOM provides a full-time "Bridging the Gap student who works in the YMCA Kids Club and is responsible for a year-end project for the kids club members. Past projects have included dental health and nutritional health learning.

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