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.
Lori Metalonis from the Erie County Library is retiring July 10th. Miss Lori which is what all the kids call her has been the staff person assigned to the two Housing Authority on-site mini libraries since 2003. She has worked tirelessly to bring reading programs and increase access to books for public housing youth. She has developed on-site reading programs for daycare and HeadStart children, reading camps and reading challenges for school-age youth. She has participated in multiple new book giveaways and organized the very popular Therapy Dog Reading Program for public housing youth. Miss Lori and in many cases her husband were fixtures at public housing events extolling the importance of reading and making sure that any child who attended received a free book.  
Miss Lori will be missed by the residents and Housing Authority staff. She made a real difference in HACE neighborhoods and with the children she interacted with on a daily basis.  
Happy Retirement Lori!

The Housing Authority would like to thank a group of dedicated Ostrow Apartments residents for their efforts in beautifying an outside area of Ostrow Apartments. They partnered with the Housing Authority and Ostrow Apartments Manager Cynthia Grayson to create a beautiful garden for residents to enjoy throughout the summer. The residents involved from left to right are William Phelps, Margaret Doerr, Brenda Hess, Larry Diver, Pamela Martin, Delia Gonzales and Spahic. They donated their time and in many cases money to create a space for peaceful relaxation. Special thanks goes to Pamela Martin who everyone commented was the leader of the group and determined this beautiful project would come to fruition.


Pictured are from left to right Quebec Officers Chris Szoszorek, Mark Bellotti, Sergeant Tom Covatto, Arsen Akopyan and Tom Borrelli. They are pictured with the new Quebec Patrol Vehicle purchased as part of the two-year contract between the City of Erie and the Housing Authority of the City of Erie (HACE) to provide community policing activities in all HACE neighborhoods. Quebec officers patrol Housing Authority of the City of Erie (HACE) neighborhoods seven days a week from noon to 4:00 a.m. They also participate in year-round community activities as part of the HACE Community Policing efforts that have been cited by Mayor Schember as a model for conducting community policing activities throughout the City of Erie.