--- Issued January 2, 2016

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie made sure its tenants and staffers said goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016 with activities, parties, and celebrations, as shown in the photos below:

Students from the LECOM College Mentoring Club sponsored a Christmas Party for thirty youths at the Erie Heights/Pineview YMCA Kids Club. The LECOM Mentoring Club has been sending students to volunteer at the YMCA Kids Club for 15 years. They assist in both educational and recreational activities, and plan several special events throughout the year.

They say that if you want something done, and done well, ask a woman.  We agree.  Here are just a few of the women that make things work at the Authority's Central Office.

The Ostrow Tenant Council prepared a home cooked Christmas Dinner for the residents of Ostrow Apartments and the HACE employees who joined them. Also in attendance were  City of Erie Police Officers Chris Szoszorek and Mike Gould from the Housing Authority Community Oriented Police and Probation Services Program. Dinner included Baked Chicken, ham, mashed potatoes, corn and green beans. After the dinner, residents were treated to live music, a raffle and a gift exchange.

Members of the Housing Authority Inter-Agency Team held their annual Holiday Luncheon at the Crime Victim Center. Executive Director John Horan, far left,  thanked those in attendance for all they do to enhance the lives of our residents. Mike Fraley,  the Authority's Residents Initiatives Coordinator, reviewed some of the accomplishments of the Inter-Agency Team in 2015.

No way was Santa going to be left out of a HACE Christmas.  He is shown here at the John E. Horan Garden Apartments Christmas Party.

Santa showed up again for HACE kids at the Erie Heights Christmas Party!

...and at the JFK Center Christmas party.


And srtill again at the Authority's "Pay-It-Forward" effort.  Volunteers from LakeSide Auto and Widget Financial came together with HACE to make 150 John E. Horan Garden Apartments residents' holiday's happier by donating to each person who signed up a 20-pound turkey as part of the Pay-It-Forward program. Members of the Housing Authority Inter-Agency Team and COPPS Program helped deliver turkeys to residents who were not able to get to the distribution site.