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--- Issued July 21, 2017

The 2017 Louis J. Tullio Scholarship recipients are  “Amazing – just listening to them makes me realize that the future is in good hands,” says Michael R. Fraley, executive director of the Erie Housing Authority. “They just keep getting better every year.”


--- Issued July 21

Michael R. Fraley has become the fourth executive director of the Housing Authority of the City of Erie since Erie City Council established the Authority in 1938.


--- Issued July 14, 2017

On June 30 the Erie Housing Authority sponsored another very successful "Meet Your Neighbor" event, this time at at Lake City Dwellings.


--- Issued July 14, 2017

It’s difficult for public housing children to get to Presque Isle to swim in the summertime, so the Erie Housing Authority has found an alternative.


--- Issued June 27, 2017

We have met the neighbors ... and they are ours!

On June 23, despite heavy intermittent rain, the Erie Housing Authority sponsored a very successful "Meet Your Neighbor" event at the John E. Horan Garden Apartments that made everyone happy with their neighbors and HACE staffers.

At least 200 people attended.

There was something – besides picnic food – for everyone, including free books donated by the Authority and the Erie County Library.  And the Master Gardeners of Erie and Sister Pat Lupo of Earth Force donated vegetable seedlings for the children to take home. The plants were donated by Potratz Garden Center.

Other activities included COPPS officers interacting with the children and setting up a youth obstacle course (six officers were on hand); a disc jockey playing music; a hula-hoop demonstration and lessons; several cultural activities; games put on by the Multi-Cultural Resource Center; and various informational tables sponsored by organizations such as SafeNet and Early Connections.  The Early Connections Table offered face-painting.

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--- Issued June 13, 2017

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie has won another national award for its work in making Erie a better place to live.


--- Issued June 8, 2017

Five high school girls, all residents of the  Erie Housing Authority's John E. Horan Garden Apartments, have a jump-start on their future if they’re eyeing careers in law enforcement.


--- 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  Executive Director Michael R. Fraley; and HACE employees Lynn Little, Karen Carneval, Vera Logvina-Sizov and Dan Potalivo