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.

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie (HACE) held its Spring Employee Meeting on April 4th at the Bayfront Convention Center. The highlights of the event were Housing Authority staff receiving HACE Pins for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service while new employees were recognized and given HACE pins. HACE Maintenance Supervisor Vince Palermo was recognized for 37 years of service to HACE. In addition, United Way CEO Bill Jackson recognized HACE staff for twenty-four years of campaign growth.