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--- Issued December 20, 2006

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie and its local partner agencies in the Community-Oriented Police and Probation Services (C.O.P.P.S.) Program have been recognized by the Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies (PAHRA) with their 2006 Best Practices Award of Merit.

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.

The Housing Authority presented the award to the City of Erie Bureau of Police and Erie County Adult and Juvenile Probation Departments on Wednesday, December 20, 2006, in Erie City Council Chambers.


Those recognized by the Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies (PAHRA) for the successful implementation of Erie's C.O.P.P.S. program are shown above, having participated in an awards recognition program in Erie City Council Chambers Wednesday, December 20.  Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott, center, helped honor the C.O.P.P.S. partners who secured the state award.
Those recognized by the Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies (PAHRA) for the successful implementation of Erie's C.O.P.P.S. program are shown above, having participated in an awards recognition program in Erie City Council Chambers Wednesday, December 20. Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott, center, helped honor the C.O.P.P.S. partners who secured the state award.

Also recognized for their contributions to the C.O.P.P.S. Program are the Crime Victim Center of Erie County, SafeNET, and the City of Erie Code Enforcement Office.

John Horan, executive director of the Housing Authority, presented the awards to Erie Police Chief Stephen Franklin, Erie County Adult Probation Chief Officer Raymond Reade, Erie County Juvenile Probation Chief Officer Robert Blakley, Executive Director Linda Lyons-King of SafeNET, Director of Court Advocacy Tod Allen of the Crime Victim Center of Erie County, and City of Erie Code Enforcement Officer John Reitinger.

Since the C.O.P.P.S. Program was implemented in Erie’s public housing neighborhoods in 1993, the incidents of reported criminal activity have been reduced by 73% from 1,200 to 325 (in 2005).

In an independent survey conducted by Penn State Behrend during the summer of 2006, 91% of public housing residents reported the crime in their neighborhoods is either “no problem” or only a “moderate problem.”

According to Horan, “The proactive, community-oriented approach is part of a broader strategy that also includes youth recreation and education services, and adult education and job training. All of this together has made public housing a much safer place to live and raise a family. Credit goes to our partner agencies and the dedicated staff of each for the accomplishments of the past ten years.”

“The Housing Authority has contracts with each of the partner agencies to provide their services in and around public housing neighborhoods. This is over and above the services that would normally be provided to city neighborhoods,” Horan said.

Click HERE to view the complete Erie Housing Authority submission to PAHRA describing the C.O.P.P.S. Program.

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