--- Issued February 17, 2014

Erie Housing Authority Director John E. Horan thanked, earlier this month, the ten “Early Bird Winners”  for the fourth quarter calendar year of 2014 who paid their rent before the fifth of the month. He also thanked the winners of years gone by.

The latest winners are:

Bird Drive
Alvaro Aviles-Ruiz

Curry/Schell Apartments
Mary Jackson

Erie Heights
Fidel Bahati

Friendship Apartments
John Newberry

Harbor Homes Annex
Ram Khanal

Harbor Homes
Latausha Bonner

John E. Horan Garden Apartments
Pashupati Siwakoti

Lake City Dwellings
Doris Melendez

Scattered Sites
Helen Wheaton

Schmid Towers
Howard Klinzing

These on-time payers each won a $25 gift card to Erie County Farms or Wal-Mart.

“Thankfully, a good number of our tenants, now and through the years, have always shown, thrift, wisdom, and responsibility in paying, on time, their share for affordable public housing.

“We are giving special recognition to those present and past Early Bird Winners.”

“Due to the drastic reduction in funding to support the Housing Authority’s programs and services, it is imperative that rents be paid when they are due,” Horan said.

"These people are setting a wonderful example for everyone.'