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--- Issued February 2, 2009

As of December 31, 2008, the Erie Housing Authority was providing housing assistance to 2,960 families. A total of 585 new families, elderly, and persons with disabilities received housing assistance in 2008, up from 342 in 2007. Our housing inventory is in better condition than ever. Credit must again go to the employees who carried out the day-to-day tasks resulting in these impressive accomplishments.

These statistics are provided in the Authority’s Annual Report on Goals and Objectives for 2008, approved by the HACE Board in January. Highlights of the report (for full report online, click HERE) include:

INCREASED OCCUPANCY: The Authority averaged 90% occupancy each month during 2008, up from 88% in 2007. The Tenant Selection Office processed 1,183 applications and housed 321 new tenants in 2008.

CRIME RATE: Crime in East Site Scattered Sites decreased by 47 percent, due to good response time by Erie police officers and proactive policing by Authority C.O.P.P.S. officers. The crime rate in public housing has decreased about 71 percent since 1993.

RESIDENT SAFETY PERCEPTION: A 2008 Penn State Behrend safety survey showed our residents feel safe in public housing. Fifty percent of our residents responded to questions about safety in their neighborhoods. Specifically, 76 percent (up from 71 percent in 2007) said they felt safe walking alone at night in their neighborhood; 90 percent (up from 85 percent) said that they felt safe alone at night in their home.

SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM: At December 31, 2008, there were 55 families in the Self-Sufficiency Program., an increase of 15 from 2007.

INCREASED EMPLOYED FAMILIES: In 2008, 1004 families had employment as a source of family income, up from 793 in 2007.. Of the families newly housed in public housing in 2008, 89 (34%) of 265 had employment as a source of income. In 2008, 210 working families enjoyed the benefits of the Authority’s flat rent or ceiling rent, which cap the rent, regardless of income.

CONTINUED HOMEPLUS PROGRAM: The HomePLUS program provides case management and supportive services to many residents of both buildings. Direct services (i.e., home support, personal care, and chores) have been provided since August 1, 1998 and, at present 388 residents are receiving direct services. GECAC estimates that 243 residents have been maintained in their homes because services are adequately meeting their needs. Additionally, 36 residents (9 at Schmid and 27 at Friendship) are nursing home eligible, but have been given a waiver from the Commonwealth to receive nursing home services in their public housing apartments. In April 2000, the Authority added a daily hot meal to the support service package at Friendship Apartments and Schmid Towers. In October 2000, Ostrow Apartments was added to the Congregate Meals Program. A total of 12,164 hot meals were served at the three buildings in 2008.

PARADE STREET COMMERCIAL CONDOMINIUMS: The Authority sold the two Parade Street commercial condominiums in 2008. The Authority turned over control of the Parade Street Condominium Association to the new owners in December 2007. This $2 million complex contains six residential and two commercial units. “Our hope and expectation is that this project will accomplish several goals: jump-start the redevelopment of Parade Street; bring homeownership back to an inner-city neighborhood; and, protect our adjacent C. Ted Dombrowski elderly apartments located on East 15th Street, “said John E. Horan.