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--- Issued September 12, 2012,

This year's annual conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies (PAHRA), at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel -- hosted by the City of Erie and the Erie Housing Authority -- was a huge success.

More than 125 delegates from 70 housing authorities and 28 redevelopment authorities across the state attended the conference that began Tuesday, September 11, and ended Friday, September 14.

This was the first time in almost 35 years the conference was held in Erie. Many of those attending expressed pleasure at the venue and surprise at all the things there are to do in the Erie area -- from Presque Isle Downs Casino, to Presque Isle and fishing charters, to the nearby Maritime Museum.

Many attendees said they would like the conference to be held in Erie again, and a great many said they would be visiting Erie on their own.

On Thursday, September 13, John Horan, HACE executive director, made a presentation to the conference, titled “It’s About People: Services that Work.” Horan described partnerships with other local agencies that have helped public housing residents achieve self-sufficiency.

PAHRA is an affiliation of Pennsylvania's housing authorities, redevelopment authorities, community development agencies and nonprofit corporations.

The purposes of PAHRA are to disseminate information relating to housing and community development; study and analyze national, state, and local legislation affecting housing and community development; provide a channel for the frequent exchange of ideas, experiences and innovations within the fields of housing and community development; and increase public understanding of the methods and objectives of housing and community development agencies.

The conference events began Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. at the Sheraton with Erie Mayor Joseph Sinnott and the Erie Housing Authority welcoming PAHRA President Frank Aggazio and the attendees.

The conference events concluded at 8:30 a.m. Friday, September 14, with a closing presentation featuring David Kozak, PhD, Gannon University, speaking on “Presidential Politics and Predictions.”

For more information, contact John E. Horan, executive director, Erie Housing Authority, at 452-2425.