Spreading Holiday Cheer to Our Residents

HACE along with ONEX Incorporated, the YMCA of Greater Erie, GECAC HomePlus and MCRC are delivering over 125 Christmas packages to children from the John E. Horan Garden Apartments, Pineview and Erie Heights.

Housing Authority of the City of Erie Shares Success Stories of Youth

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie (HACE) 2021 Calendar features young adults who have lived in public housing and gone on to enjoy prosperous lives. The success stories include healthcare workers, educators, community leaders, and members of the Armed Forces. Many were participants in the Housing Authority's youth programs, worked in the HACE summer internship program or were recipients of college scholarships through the Ellen Curry Foundation.

"HACE provided me with my first college summer job work experience as a site supervisor for the YMCA Kids Club. HACE opportunities helped shape the man I am today. I have a bachelor's degree in Biology Pre-Medicine and a master's degree in Clinical Research. I work remotely and travel worldwide on one of the largest clinical research trials for the United States government focused on the COVID-19 Vaccine. I recently enlisted in the Army National Guard and plan on continuing my education, working towards a doctorate degree,” said Gustavo Vera, a former resident of Agnes Priscaro Apartments.

Each summer, HACE welcomes twenty plus residents 18 to 24 years of age to be a part of their summer internship program. The HACE Summer Internship Program provided many of the participants with their first real work experience and allowed them to save money for college. The Internship Program was recently expanded to provide work experiences with HACE partners including Roth Marz Architects and the Knox Law Firm.

Many of the those recognized in the 2021 Calendar received college scholarships through the Ellen Curry Foundation Louis J. Tullio Scholarship program founded in 1989 to help young Housing Authority residents complete their college education. The Foundation was established by former HACE board member Ellen Curry in her will. The scholarships provide opportunities to assist college-bound residents in receiving an education that will lead them to economic self-sufficiency.   

HACE summer internships also provide networking opportunities. Housing Authority Solicitor Tim Sennett was introduced to Chrinesse Mpunga, a Gannon University Pre-Law Major working for HACE as a summer intern in the HACE administrative offices. He was so impressed; he encouraged her to apply for a summer internship at the Knox Law Firm for the summer of 2020. Mpunga was accepted for an internship at Knox Law Firm, and she recently completed her sophomore year at Gannon, earning Dean's List honors for the fifth consecutive term.

“I have never forgotten where I come from and the people who have inspired me to be a better version of myself during my formative years. I will be forever grateful for the opportunities I have had because of HACE and the people whose paths I was lucky enough to cross,” said Rosary Giang, a former resident of Lake City Dwellings.

HACE Executive Director, Michael R. Fraley stated that everyone who has seen the calendars comments on how good it makes them feel during these challenging times. He stated that this is just a small picture of the many individuals and families who have used HACE and its public housing and Section 8 programs as a path to economic and family self-sufficiency.

The calendar is distributed to all HACE residents, as well as to HACE friends and partners throughout the United States. To view the calendar and read the success stories, visit hace.org. If you would like a copy of the calendar, contact the HACE Central Office at 452-2425.

Housing Authority of the City of Erie
2021 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 November 13, 2020, the HACE will provide for public review, inspection, and comment, the HACE’s draft 2021 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 28, 2020. 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.
  • John E. Horan Garden Apts., 730 Tacoma Rd.
  • Lake City Dwellings, 315 E. 16 St.
  • Pineview, 4020 Garden Ave.
  • City of Erie Clerk’s Office, 626 State St., Room 104
  • Schmid Towers, 153 E. 6 St.
  • Friendship Apts., 111 E. 11 St.
  • Ostrow Apts., 4220 Davison Ave.
  • Marsha Hall Learning Ctr., 1841 E. 18 St.

The Plan details the way in which the Authority proposes to allocate approximately $4.9 million in federal fiscal year 2021 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 Monday, December 28, 2020.

On Monday, December 28, 2020, the HACE Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing at 6:30 pm to discuss the 2021 Agency Plan update and invite public comment regarding the plan. The hearing will take place via zoom conference call. To register for the zoom meeting, call the HACE at 814-452-2429.

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.

Click Here to view the 2021 Housing Authority of the City of Erie Draft Agency Plan

Friendship Christmas Trees

The Housing Authority staff would like to send out a special thank you to Friendship Apartments resident Deborah Harrington for creating a beautiful Christmas scene in the Friendship Lobby!

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie recognized at SafeNet's Domestic Violence Awareness Month News Conference

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie along with the City of Erie Police and Millcreek Police Departments were recognized at SafeNet's Domestic Violence Awareness Month News Conference for their partnership with SafeNet in implementing a Lethality Program for victims of domestic violence. The Lethality Program uses a scoring system to determine if potential domestic violence victims should be connected immediately with a Safenet Counselor. The Housing Authority Quebec Unit police officers have been trained and been successfully using the Lethality Program format for over 2 years. Domestic Violence is and has been the number one reason police are called to a residence in public housing for over twenty years. The Lethality Program gives the Quebec officers one more very valuable tool to ensure the safety of residents who are the victim of domestic violence.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Housing Authority of the City of Erie would like to commend SafeNet for their ongoing commitment to making domestic violence victims safe in Erie County.