--- Issued August 4, 2016

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie has received a “Certificate of Superior Accomplishment” – a high performer award -- from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the way it runs the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

HACE staffers recognized by HUD for their hard work: left to right: Stacie Sullivan, senior housing specialist; Robin Bambauer, housing specialist 1, Darrin Kinander, Section 8 coordinator; Lynette Burkhart, assistant Section 8 coordinator and FSS coordinator; Jennie Miller, housing specialist 1; Lisa Kasbee, housing specialist 2; Roxane Stovall, housing specialist 3; Ethan Callan, housing specialist 1.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently completed its yearly Section 8 Management Assessment Program (SEMAP) review and has determined that the Housing Authority of the City of Erie deserves that honor for fiscal year 2016.

The high performer award is for the Erie Housing Authority’s fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2016,  Housing authorities nationwide must score at least 90 out of 100 percentage points to achieve the designation.

The Erie Housing Authority scored 145 out of 145 points point this year to reach the 100th percentile, a perfect score.

“It’s a big accomplishment for an authority to receive this award,” said Daniel Roessner, executive director of the authority. “This is a reflection of the hard work of the Housing Authority’s Section 8 staff members who are responsible for the day-to day operation of the program.

“One hundred percentage points is as good as it gets,” he said.  “The Section 8 staff is to be congratulated on their commitment to providing quality housing opportunities to program applicants."

The Section 8 Program allows people to rent in the private sector through financial assistance from the federal government from funds passed through the Erie Housing Authority. Families thus are able to receive housing assistance from the Authority to live in private sector homes throughout the city.

SEMAP (Section 8 Management Assessment Program) is an annual reporting tool used to measure the performance of Housing Authorities managing a Section 8 Program.  Housing Authorities are rated on such things as proper management of the waiting list, prompt reporting to HUD, success in a Housing Authority’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program, the way unit inspections are performed, and making sure that units are leased-up to the full potential of an authority’s funding. There are a total of 145 points.

During Fiscal Year 2016 (April 1, 2015-March 31, 2016) HACE’s Section 8 Program staff doubled efforts to keep ahead of move-outs from the Section 8 Program.  This means increased numbers of families being selected from the waiting list and being interviewed, more inspections, more contracts being generated, and an increase in new participating landlords with the program.

So far in 2016, the  HACE Section 8 staffers have tallied 130 new families in the Section 8 Program.

--- For more information, or to arrange to interview on camera residents, families, and/or staffers, call Dan Roesnner at 452-2425.