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!

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.

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..

"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.