--- Issued September 22, 2014

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie (HACE) has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies (PAHRA) with their 2014 Best Practices Award of Merit.

  'Congratulations on your recent recognition from your colleagues at PAHRA with the 2014 Best Practices Award for Merit.  HACE’s One Stop Shop is a model for offering health and dental care, library and art programs, and counseling services to residents.   Thank you for assuring your residents have access to the very best in services.'

_ Jane E. Miller, Field Office Director, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Pittsburgh

 PAHRA is an affiliation of Pennsylvania’s housing authorities, redevelopment authorities, and community development agencies that provide a channel for the exchange of ideas, experiences, and innovations within the fields of housing and community development.

PAHRA presented their 2014 Best Practices Award for the HACE Social Service Center, “a One-Stop Shop” on September 9 at the PAHRA Annual Conference in Pittsburgh.

The One Stop Shop located at 2110 and 2120 East 10th Street offers healthcare, dental care, library services, creative art programs, public safety services, and domestic abuse counseling services to residents of the John E. Horan Garden Apartments.

In 2010 HACE decided to bring these services together into a handicap accessible facility housing the Community Health Net Dental Office, the Gannon University Nursing Center, SafeNET Domestic Abuse Counseling, YMCA Arts Program, Erie County Youth Library, and the City and County Community Oriented Police and Probation Service programs. On March 13, 2013 HACE and our partner agencies dedicated the On-Stop Social Service Center.

Accomplishments of the center from June 1, 2013, to May 31, 2014 include:
•    180 residents have received dental services form the Dental Office
•    138 residents received immunizations from the Gannon University Nursing Center.
•    401 Woman, Infant, and Children mothers received medical and nutritional services through the WIC program.
•    163 residents received domestic abuse counseling services.
•    816 referrals were made by one-stop partners to area social services agencies.
•    2,325 books were checked out by youth at the Erie County Library mini-branch.
•    The Multicultural Health Evaluation Delivery System (MHEDS) agency provided on-site counseling services for immigrant and refugee residents.
•    The City of Erie Police Department maintained an on-site satellite office staffed by police officers in the HACE Community Oriented Police and Probations Services program (C.O.P.P.S.)
•    Erie County Adult and Juvenile Probation maintained fulltime satellite offices staffed by officers assigned to the C.O.P.P.S. program.

For more information, contact John Horan at 452-2425.