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Earns Best Practices Award

The Lethality Assessment Program, which helps Erie police to assess risks of domestic violence victims and get them immediate help from community resources, has been recognized for its effectiveness by state and national organizations.

The program was given a Merit Award for Resident Services by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials and a Best Practices award from the Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies.

According to Erie Police Sergeant Covatto, the program provided them with assessment questions to help determine if a victim of domestic violence might need additional services.  If it appears that he or she does need more help, then the police can connect them immediately with SafeNet.  SafeNet is an Erie non-profit that provides free and confidential counseling, legal advocacy, education and shelter to victims of domestic violence.

“The Lethality program adds another level of safety for victims of domestic violence,” said Sgt. Covatto.

 Housing Authority City of Erie Receives Best Practices Award

Stacie Sullivan, Section 8 Tenant Selection coordinator for the Housing Authority of the City of Erie, receives a Best Practices Award from Senghor Manns, President of the Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies.  The award was given for the Lethality program, developed by the Housing Authority in partnership with SafeNet and the City of Erie Police Unit known as “Quebec.”