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Housing Authority maintenance employees, from left: Igor Tatarchenko from Ukraine, Dzmitry Halauko from Belarus and Jimmy Ulasavets from Belarus, recently became U.S. citizens. All said they love Erie and especially enjoy fishing, boating and hunting.  They are married and have children – four for Jimmy and Dzmitry and two for Igor. They expressed appreciation for the free choice of religion in the U.S. and for their jobs and the Housing Authority.  “It’s a big help to people,” said Dzmitry.

Michael R. Fraley, Housing Authority of the City of Erie executive director is pictured presenting city of Erie Superintendent of Schools Brian Polito with a check totaling $171,508.23 for its portion of the HACE Payment in Lieu of Taxes. (PILOT) Since 1941 HACE has made voluntary PILOT payments to the three taxing bodies. 

In addition to the Erie School District, HACE made payments of $134,535.01 to the city of Erie and $55, 539.15 to Erie County. 

Counting this year’s PILOT payment of $361,582.39, HACE has paid $9,187,839 in lieu of taxes since 1941. In addition, HACE provides yearly program funding totaling over $690,000 as part of partnerships with the city of Erie Police and Parks Departments, Erie County Probation and the Erie County Public Library. 

Fraley states that 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 our residents. HACE pays the maximum PILOT payments permitted by law.

Mel Witherspoon, Founder/Commissioner of the Summer Spoon's Youth Basketball League presents a 2018 Sponsorship Award to the Housing Authority of the City of Erie Board of Commissioners President Bishop Dwane Brock and Executive Director Michael Fraley.


Santa joined Coca-Cola, Widget Financial and Lakeside Auto to give away 120 turkeys and the “fixings” to residents of the Housing Authority of Erie on November 19. The Multicultural Community Resource Center helped to coordinate the giveaway with the Housing Authority.

Small group at Turkey Give Away

Residents at Turkey Give Away

Large group at Turkey Give Away

P U B L I C   N O T I C E


Housing Authority of the City of Erie

2019 Annual and Five-Year Plan Review and Public Hearing



The Housing Authority of the City of Erie (HACE), in compliance with Section 511 of the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998, hereby makes public notice of the following:


On October 28, 2018, the HACE will provide for public review, inspection, and comment, the HACE’s draft 2019 Agency Plan update and supportive material. These documents will be available for inspection by the public at the HACE administration office, 606 Holland St., Erie, PA, 16501, during normal business hours (8:30 am–4:30 pm, Monday - Friday) for a 45-day period, ending December 11, 2018. To facilitate public access and review of the plans, the HACE has arranged for copies of the primary documents to be available at the following site offices:                                                                 


Harbor Homes, 1839 E. 18 St.                                       Schmid Towers, 153 E. 6 St.

John E. Horan Garden Apts., 730 Tacoma Rd.             Friendship Apts., 111 E. 11 St.

Lake City Dwellings, 315 E. 16 St.                               Ostrow Apts., 4220 Davison Ave.

Pineview, 4020 Garden Ave.                                         Marsha Hall Learning Ctr., 1841 E. 18 St.

City of Erie Clerk’s Office, 626 State St., Room 104

 The Plan details the way in which the Authority proposes to allocate approximately $4.4 million in federal fiscal year 2019 funds. Public housing residents may contact their Resident Advisory Board representatives to review and comment on the Plan. Section 8 clients or interested private citizens may review the documents at the HACE administration office. All comments on the draft plan must be in writing and be received in the HACE office no later than the close of business on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

 On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, the HACE Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing to discuss the 2019 Agency Plan update and invite public comment regarding the plan. The hearing will take place at the John E. Horan Garden Apts. Learning Center, 730 Tacoma Rd., Erie, PA beginning at 6:30 p.m.

 The HACE will contact all organizations and groups that it believes are interested in the operations, programs, and services of the HACE, to specifically seek their comments and recommendations.The HACE will consider all public comments received on the plan and make any changes deemed advisable based on the comments and in consultation with the Housing Authority’s Resident Advisory Board.


The Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employment Agency.


Lisa Hurst recently graduated from the Public Housing Family Self-sufficiency Program. She has been in the program since 2016. She completed budget classes, home ownership classes and met regularly with her Housing Authority FSS Caseworker. She is now the proud owner of her new home and will use the money accumulated in her escrow for an emergency fund.

It's Independence Day for Lisa Hurst, a graduate of the Public Housing Family Self-Sufficiency Program. Shown with Housing Authority Director Mike Fraley and caseworkers Sabrina Tolbert and Patreece Johnson.

Earns Best Practices Award

The Lethality Assessment Program, which helps Erie police to assess risks of domestic violence victims and get them immediate help from community resources, has been recognized for its effectiveness by state and national organizations.