--- Issued July 21

Michael R. Fraley has become the fourth executive director of the Housing Authority of the City of Erie since Erie City Council established the Authority in 1938.

The Authority’s Board of Directors appointed him to the position on June 26, 2017, to replace Daniel J. Roessner, who retired May 1.

Since September 1999,  Fraley has worked at the Authority beginning as Resident Initiatives Coordinator.  He became Deputy Director of the Housing Authority on March 3, 2016.

Fraley follows Executive Directors Joseph Anton Schmid, 1940-1976; John E. Horan, 1977-2016; and Daniel J. Roessner, 2016-2017. He takes the helm of the Housing Authority of the City of Erie that has a long and distinguished history.

Originally established by City Council in 1938 to address the housing needs of low-income families, the Authority is organized under the provisions of the Pennsylvania Housing Authorities Act of 1937, as an independent public, non-profit corporation to “provide dwelling accommodations for persons of low income.” The Authority has a five-member, unpaid governing Board of Commissioners appointed by the Mayor of the City of Erie for a five-year term.

The staff, which numbers 68 full-time employees, is responsible for carrying out the priorities established by the Board of Commissioners. Housing Authority staff members are responsible for processing applicants for housing, rent collection, maintenance and the day to day operations of eight family developments, a senior development, four senior high-rise buildings, over four hundred single family units and for providing rental assistance to more than 1,000 Section 8 families. The Housing Authority partners with several social service agencies to provide self-sufficiency programs to its residents.

More than 65,000 families and individuals have been assisted through various Housing Authority programs since its first development was opened in 1941. On an annual basis, the Authority provides housing assistance to more than 2,900 Erie households.

“These statistics aren’t just numbers – they’re people,” says Fraley.

Thus, the Authority’s motto “It’s About People” will guide his tenure as the new executive director, he says.

For more information or for media interviews, please call Michael Fraley at 452-2425