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--- Issued Jan. 2, 2008

The Board of the Erie Housing Authority unanimously approved the 2008 Agency Plan at its Dec. 26, 2007 meeting.

The Erie Housing Authority’s Agency Plan for 2008 details how $3.7 million in public housing funds will be spent in Erie.

The plan is a document submitted annually to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by each housing authority in the country, which details how authorities will spend federal funds for construction, renovation, programs, equipment, and services.

The plan is available for review online at the Authority’s Web site by clicking HERE.

According to the 2008 Agency Plan, the greatest portion of this year’s $3.7 million capital fund budget -- $2,654,366 – will go toward improving and maintaining dwellings, including dwellings that are accessible to persons with disabilities.

Other planned expenditures include $296,646 for the Authority’s Community-Oriented Police and Probation Services (C.O.P.P.S.); $390,653 for HomePLUS social services at Schmid Towers and Friendship Apartments; and $55,284 for congregate evening meals at Schmid Towers, Friendship Apartments, and Ostrow Apartments. About $1,045,000 will be spent to add central air conditioning to family apartments that are now without it to keep the Authority units competitive with those on the open rental market.

The Agency Plan also contains information on the proposed use of capital funds over the next five years.

A draft of the 2008 Agency Plan was on display for a 45-day comment period at the various Housing Authority offices, from November 1st through December 15th. The Authority considered all comments before the Authority’s Board took final action on approval of the plan at its December 26 meeting.

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