--- Issued December 24, 2014

In what has become an annual event, children from the YMCA Kids Club, who are members of the Kiwanis Youth Choir, gathered around the tree and sang Christmas carols for members of the Erie Housing Authority staff at the Authority's Central Office, 606 Holland Street.

They were led by HACE Board Chair Agnes Priscaro, who has directed the choir since 1992.

The children sang at  area senior centers, including two of the Authority’s buildings – Schmid Towers and Friendship Apartments. This was the 15th year in a row that the choir has sung for the Authority.

The choir is comprised of residents from age 12 to 14.

"We thank them for bringing the spirit of the holiday season to us and reminding us what that season is all about," says John E. Horan, Authority executive director.



More than 100 young HACE residents were treated to a Christmas party by the YMCA Kids Club on Tuesday, December 23rd. The event was held at the Downtown YMCA. Each child received a personalized gift from Santa followed by a pizza party!




More than 120 residents at the three HACE High-rise apartment buildings decorated their apartment doors to enter the Housing Authority's 2nd Annual Door Decorating Contest.
First, second and third place winners were selected at each building.

The winners each received a gift card from WalMart for their efforts



The Friendship Resident Council sponsored and prepared its Annual Christmas Dinner on Saturday, December 20th. Over 50 residents attended the event.

Housing Authority staff Anna Kirk, Christina Doupe, Dan Roessner and Mike Fraley attended the dinner along with police officers Mike Roofner and Mike Gould from the COPPS Program.

Kirk, above, received a plaque for making Friendship Apartment residents feel safe and happy.

The plaque was presented by Friendship Council President Adrian Beliveau, above. 

"Anna goes above and beyond to make Friendship Apartments a wonderful place to live," he said.























Ostrow Apartment residents put up this "Angel Tree"  in remembrance of all former Ostrow Apartments residents who have passed away.

There is an angel with the name of each individual on the tree.

Current residents worked with Ostrow Manager Cynthia Grayson to compile the list.


The Erie Housing Authority Inter-Agency Team had its annual holiday luncheon on December 18th at the Crime Victim Center.

Representatives attended from the Housing Authority, SafeNet, GECAC, The Multi-Cultural Resource Center, the John F. Kennedy Center, the Quality of Life Learning Center, the Community Oriented Police and Probation Services Program, the Erie County Library and the Neighborhood Art House.

John Horan, executive director of the Authority thanked everyone in attendance for their contributions toward helping our residents on their paths to self-sufficiency.

"We and our residents couldn't do it without you," he said.


On Wednesday, December 17th, The Rotary Club of Erie sponsored a Christmas Party for fifty children at the John E. Horan YMCA Youth Club. Every child received a personal gift bag followed by pizza and treats.


Officers of the Ostrow Resident Council recently received presents from Ostrow Apartment residents. 

Shown from left are Cynthia Grayson, Ostrow Manager;  Rose Brooks, current President of the Ostrow Society; Shirley Shoop, past president of the Ostrow Society for almost ten years; and Ostrow residents Mary Altheide and and Joyce Davies.

The Resident Council Christmas Party was held in December with 40 residents attending.