--- Issued June 13, 2017

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie has won another national award for its work in making Erie a better place to live.


A HACE award entry, “COPPS Community Engagement Initiative” won a 2017 NAHRO  (National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials) Award of Merit in the Housing and Community Development category.

This is the second year in a row the Authority has won a NAHRO award for its community improvement efforts.

In 2016, NAHRO chose HACE as a recipient of a national  “Award of Excellence” for its Wangaria Maathai Tree Planting project.

“We’re very grateful for this honor, “ said Michael R. Fraley, acting executive director of HACE.  “Our COPPS program members really get to know the residents who live in public housing. They know the children, they know the parents, they know who belongs and who doesn't. They know everybody and everything. They are really a community policing unit that is there to solve problems, not just enforce the laws of society."

The NAHRO Awards of Merit Program honors NAHRO housing and community development member organizations for their work in making communities better.  Established in 1989, the program has honored more than 6,000 programs.

The NAHRO Awards of Merit Program was created to give national recognition to NAHRO Member organizations that have found innovative ways of making a difference in the communities and the lives of the people they serve.

“The Awards of Merit celebrate achievement and honor the work that our members do each and every day to ensure a safe and affordable place to call home,” a NAHRO  spokesman said.