--- Issued June 3, 2015

"America’s Veterans have done everything and more asked of them in their mission to serve our country,” said John E. Horan, executive director of the Erie Housing Authority. He said that recognizing that it is never too late to honor their service, the Authority, on May 26, unanimously voted to modify the Authority’s admissions policy to give preference to active-duty service members and veterans to provide them public housing.

The resolution, doing so, reads, “The Authority, in selecting a tenant, shall provide a preference for any active duty United States service member or veteran.  

“The preference shall extend to the household of which the service member or veteran is a member” and to “surviving household members of a deceased service member or veteran who died of service-related causes, provided the death occurred during active duty service or within five years of discharge from service.”

Also, the death must have occurred not more than five years from the application date for housing.

The resolution states, “The preference established shall be cumulative with other preferences so that service members and veterans shall have priority over non-service members and non-veterans within each preference category.”

The resolution was passed in accordance with Act 188 of the 2014 General Assembly of Pennsylvania.

“It’s the least we can do for those who have served our country honorably,” said John E. Horan, executive director of the Authority.

For more information, contact Horan at 452-2425.