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--- Issued Dec. 22, 2010

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie continues to do its part to help the City of Erie, Erie County and the Erie School District address their financial issues.

The Housing Authority has delivered to Erie Mayor Joseph Sinnott a $73,183.96 check. This amount represents the City of Erie’s share of the Authority’s 2010 Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT.)

“Although the Housing Authority is, by law, exempt from real estate taxes, we make these payments annually to the taxing bodies for the services they provide to public housing residents. Providing financial support to our local governing bodies is the right thing to do even though we are tax exempt,” said John Horan, executive director of the Housing Authority. “We are limited by federal law as to the amount of the PILOT payments. However, we always pay the maximum amount permitted, and we help in many other ways,” said Horan.

In 2010, the Authority also paid the City $466,399 to support various services and functions, including $400,000 for the C.O.P.P.S. supplementary police patrols in public housing and $66,399 for systematic City code enforcement around public housing neighborhoods.

The Authority is helping to soften the budget crunch for the City of Erie School District and Erie County.

Jay D. Badams, superintendent of the Erie School District received a check for $93,054.31. The Authority expended another $833,375 in 2010, for education-related services for children and adults, including English-As-A-Second-Language, GED, basic education, and after-school and summer programs.

County Executive Barry Grossman received a PILOT check for $31,955.31. This is in addition to the 2010 Authority-funded county services to public housing residents costing $111,202, including the Erie County Library, Adult and Juvenile Probation officers.

Each year, since 1941, the Authority has provided voluntary PILOT payments to the City of Erie, Erie County, and the Erie School District. Counting this year’s contribution of $198,193.71, the Authority has paid a total of $6,674,024 in lieu of real estate taxes. The 2010 PILOT is up 16% from 2009 due to increased occupancy in public housing. The formula for calculating the PILOT takes into account total rental income collected and the utilities paid by the Housing Authority.

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie exists to provide safe, decent, and affordable housing for lower-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities, and to foster among the residents served by the Authority economic self-sufficiency and a sense of community and pride in the neighborhoods where they reside.

The Authority owns and manages 2,150 quality housing units in the City of Erie. In total, the Authority provides affordable housing to more than 8,000 Erie citizens through its various housing programs.

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