--- Issued October 14, 2013

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie celebrated its 75th anniversary on Friday, October 11.

The Housing Authority is the oldest operating authority in the City of Erie and is one of the oldest authorities in Pennsylvania and in the country.  It has provided affordable housing for 75,000 citizens of Erie from World War II into the 21st century.

The Authority welcomed more than 500 people to a gala celebration featuring dinner, entertainment, and two distinguished keynote speakers at the Bayfront Convention Center.

Speaking were Dr. Jay Badams, superintendent of the Erie School District, and Colonel Doris Tate-Johnson, U.S. Army retired.

Badams reflected on the “Value of Public Housing.” 

Tate, a former resident and “hero” of Erie’s public housing, told the audience how the Authority gave her the courage to follow her dreams.

Entertainment was presented by Sam Hyman, with cocktails and a resident art exhibit preceding dinner.