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--- Updated December 18, 2008

The Erie Housing Authority has published its 2009 calendar, “The History of Erie Public Housing in Images.”

Shown on the cover of the calendar (view calendar by clicking the photo or HERE) is the former "Franklin Terrace," now the John E. Horan Garden Apartments." Originally built as part of the New Deal recovery program to house defense workers at the nearby General Electric plant, all but a couple of these units exist today, although they look much different, having been extensively renovated. The amazing thing about this development is that construction began April 15, 1941, and the photo on the calendar cover was taken just six months later on November 17, 1941.

This 70th anniversary calendar is a celebration of the progress the Authority has made in fulfilling its mission statement: “to provide safe, decent, and affordable housing for lower-income families, elderly and persons with disabilities; and to foster among the residents we serve economic self-sufficiency, and a sense of community and pride in the neighborhoods where they reside.”

By renewing our developments and building anew, we believe we have helped renew the men and women who live in our developments by providing self-respect and dignity and by giving them a reason to be proud of where they live.

We believe that pride puts them on the path to self-sufficiency, making stereotypes about public housing residents obsolete relics of the past.

Our public housing renewal began in 1971. From 1971 until 1988, 1,148 new dwellings were built, including four buildings designed specifically for the elderly – Schmid Towers, Friendship, Ostrow, and Curry/Schell apartments.

Between 1977 and 2007, the Housing Authority also obtained more than $100 million in federal funds to modernize the entire inventory of 1,024 units constructed before 1964. Complete new interiors and exteriors, as shown in calendar photos, brought these units up to modern-day standards and eliminated the stereotyped “project” look of public housing.

Our 2009 calendar illustrates in historic photos our renewal, which continues to this day.

It is being sent to residents and friends of the Erie Housing Authority. Copies are also available to the public, for as long as they last, at the Authority's Central Office, 606 Holland Street.

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