Erie, PA (March 17, 2020) -- Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Housing Authority of the City of Erie has made several adjustments to its standard procedures to ensure that it can continue to provide safe, quality and affordable housing to current residents and ensure the safety of its employees.

Until the National, State and County emergency declarations come to an end, the following procedures will be implemented for public housing residents:

  • No Housing Authority resident will be at risk of eviction.
  • No Section 8 voucher holder/participant will be at risk of losing their vouchers.
  • All Housing Authority offices will remain open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. When possible, work will be done by phone.
  • Maintenance staff will respond to emergency work orders only.
  • After-hour emergency work orders will still be responded to by calling 898-0937.
  • Section 8 Voucher classes will be postponed until April 20th.
  • Section 8 Inspections will be conducted by phone unless an emergency repair is required.

During this time of national concern, we ask all of our residents to practice the safe health habits recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Erie County Department of Health. We encourage all residents to stay informed and follow the advice of these health agencies. For more information, residents should refer to the Coronavirus website at CDC.gov.

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie remains committed to our mission and the families we serve. As always, residents should contact their management office or the Housing Authority Central Office with questions or concerns at 452-2425.

The Quebec officers from the HACE COPPS Community Policing Program recently read to the children at Early Connections Child Care Center.

The Quebec officers from the HACE COPPS Community Policing Program recently read to the children at Early Connections Child Care Center.

Children at the John Horan Garden Apartments and Harbor Home Centers received stuffed animals, hats, gloves and blankets. The items were donated to the officers from family members who belong to St. James Lutheran Church in Fairview, Pa and from Alpha Eta Master chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. After story time the officers answered the children’s questions about being a police officer. This is an activity the Quebec officers do a couple of times a year.

Jayla Holloway is presented with her plaque for being selected as a winner in the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Annual What Home Means to Me Calendar Poster Contest.

Jayla Holloway is presented with her plaque for being selected as a winner in the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Annual What Home Means to Me Calendar Poster Contest.

Jayla's art work is displayed in July on the 2020 NAHRO calendar. Along with the plaque Jayla was presented with a $100 VISA gift card. Pictured with Jayla from left to right are Cherie Kinem, HACE Resident Initiatives Coordinator, her mother Rose Grady, Jayla and Michael R. Fraley, Housing Authority of the City of Erie Executive Director. JAYLA is very active at the John E. Horan Garden Apartments YMCA Kids Club and is a member of the "Future Stars" Theatre Group.

2019 Annual Report

The Mission of the Housing Authority of the City of Erie is 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, a sense of community, and pride in the neighborhood where they reside.

To further the Authority’s Mission, the Board formally established Goals and Objectives for 2019. The following annual report will give the current status as of December 31, 2019 on our progress in carrying out the mandates in the HACE Board resolution dated January 28, 2019.

Click Here to Download the 2019 Annual Report

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December 18, 2019

Housing Authority Makes Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) Payment to the City of Erie, Erie County and the Erie School District

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie is distributing, 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 25. December is the month in which PILOT checks are traditionally distributed.

The total of these 2019 PILOT payments is $382,162.63, which is the highest amount ever paid by the Housing Authority to the three local taxing bodies.

The amount payable to the City is $140,496.06
The School District's share is $181,011.27
The County's share is $60,655.30

"We are pleased to be able to contribute to the three taxing bodies," said Michael R. Fraley, executive director of the Authority. Providing financial support to our local governing bodies is the right thing to do even though we are tax exempt.

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. We are limited by federal law as to the amount of the PILOT payments. However, we always pay the maximum amount permitted.

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

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 $382,162.63, the Authority has paid a total of $9,570,001 in lieu of real estate taxes since 1941.

In addition to PILOT payments, the Housing Authority has funded partnership agreements with the City of Erie to provide Community Policing throughout public housing and to support summer recreation activities benefiting our residents. The Housing Authority also has funded partnership agreements with Erie County Government to provide Adult and Juvenile Probation services and on-site programs with the Erie County Library.

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 2,186 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 nearly 8,000 Erie citizens through its various housing programs.

In Memory of Agnes R. Pricaro

Agnes R. Priscaro
2/22/1935 – 12/8/2019

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie (HACE) Board of Commissioners and staff would like to offer its condolences to the family of long time HACE Board Member Agnes Priscaro. Agnes served as a HACE Board Member from 1980 until 2016. In 2004 John E. Horan and the HACE Board of Commissioners honored Agnes by naming the former Westbrook Housing Development, the Agnes Priscaro Apartments.

Agnes was an advocate for those in need and a champion for children and the less fortunate who were served by the Housing Authority of the City of Erie. In addition to her duties as Chairwomen for the HACE Board of Commissioners Agnes created and led the Kiwanis Youth Choir made up of children living in the John E. Horan Garden Apartments. Every Christmas was a little brighter when Agnes and her youth choir would come to Schmid Towers and sing Christmas Carols for the HACE staff and the residents at Schmid Towers.

Agnes made a real difference in the lives of the residents of the Housing Authority for over 30 years. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family!

October 24, 2019 - The Housing Authority has just released a draft copy of their 2020 Agency Plan.  To download the draft copy, please click here..

The Housing Authority funded construction projects totaling over $2,500,000 during the past 12 months. These projects included installing new windows and security screens in three developments, exterior painting of scattered sites, replacement of electric panel boxes, replacement of water lines, paving of parking lots and replacement of roofs in several developments. Over the past 10 years HACE has spent over $20,000,000 bringing and keeping our properties up to modern-day and
energy-efficient standards.

"My home is very special. It’s my favorite place because it’s where I get to love my family and be myself. It’s my favorite place to cuddle with my big sister. I’m very lucky to have a home." 
– Jayla Holloway, age 7. Member of John E. Horan Garden Apartments YMCA Kids Club.

Her talent and expressed sentiment earned first place for Jayla Holloway in the “What Home Means to Me” poster contest. She is the first Erie winner for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. Her entry now goes on to national competition. Jayla and her family live in the John E. Horan Garden Apartments.

 
Youth from the John E. Horan Garden Apartments are enjoying relief from the heat swimming in the Housing Authority porta-pool. Summer activities so far have included Learn to Golf, Biddy-Ball, Meet Your Neighbor Days, Nature Camp and Recreational activities at four YMCA sites, the John F. Kennedy Center and the E.F. Smith Quality of Life Learning Center. There are many more activities planned for this summer including Learn to Fish, National Night Out, Ready Camp, Learn to Sail and everyone's favorite the 22nd Annual Family Picnic at Waldameer on July 19th. For more information call your management office or the central office at 452-2425.

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