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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1/10/2019

CONTACT: Michael Fraley, 452-2425

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie has purchased Better Housing for Erie, a housing development located between East 16th and East 17th Streets and Holland and German Streets in the City of Erie. 

Michael R. Fraley, executive director of the Housing Authority, and its board chair Bishop Dwane Brock, signed documents to purchase the property today from Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Erie. The sale price was $750,000.

Better Housing for Erie includes 52 one, two and three-bedroom apartments rented to low-income residents.  All units are currently occupied. Discussions on purchasing the property began in January 2018. The development has been managed by the Housing Authority since August, 2018.  “Its purchase is in keeping with our vision of providing public housing communities where all people have safe, affordable housing and opportunities for jobs that provide a living wage leading to economic self-sufficiency in diverse, sustainable neighborhoods,” said Fraley.

The Diocese of Erie developed the Better Housing property in the late 1960s. It became an affiliate of Catholic Charities in 1991. Its primary purpose has always been to provide affordable housing for people in need, said Ann Badach, executive director of Catholic Charities. “We have great confidence in Michael Fraley’s commitment to the same mission, and are grateful the Housing Authority is now able to take on this responsibility,” she said.

The addition of Better Housing for Erie brings the Housing Authority’s ownership total to 2215 rental units, along with providing over 1,025 rental assistance vouchers through the Section 8 program. It is estimated that the Housing Authority provide housing assistance to approximately 10% of City of Erie residents, according to Fraley.

He noted that the Authority also makes payments in lieu of taxes under a PILOT agreement each year and has done so since 1941.  For 2018, PILOT payments totaled $361,582.39 – $134,535.01 to the City of Erie, $171,508.23 to the Erie School District and $55,539.15 to Erie County.