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--- Issued January 6, 2012

With all the bad news about young people getting in trouble these days, the Erie Housing Authority is giving us a great present for the holidays - a big dose of good news about young people doing the right thing: getting educated and holding down jobs.

The Authority has just published its 2012 calendar, “Our Investment in the Future,” a document that features the Authority’s Summer Internship Program. Since 1993, this program has provided 214 internships to youths who have been accepted to or are enrolled in college. Each of these interns has made valuable contributions to the Housing Authority, and they have served as role models for younger residents of the Authority and the City of Erie.

The 2012 Housing Authority calendar provides refreshing views of 14 of these interns, describing their life stories, lessons learned from their internships, and their aspirations for the future.

“Most of us have memories of how tough it was finding summer employment during our college days,” says John Horan, Authority director. “If you didn’t know someone who knew someone, it was virtually impossible to find a job. So, for the last 19 years, the Housing Authority has been that ‘someone’ for our young college-bound residents.”

The Housing Authority has made a commitment to residents between the ages of 18 and 22 that if they are enrolled in college and maintain a grade point average above 2.0, the Authority will provide each intern with the opportunity to earn income to defray their college expenses. The program also teaches the intern how to apply and interview for employment; provides them with valuable employment experience; and offers financial awards through the Louis J. Tullio College Scholarship program.

The Erie Housing Authority has received an Award of Merit from NAHRO (National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials) for this program. NAHRO gave the award to the Erie Housing Authority in 2009 for program innovation in resident services.

The 2012 calendar is the tenth in a series that showcases the richness of the Erie public housing experience and illustrates the Authority’s credos, “It’s About People” and “Housing Opportunities for the People of Erie (HOPE).”

To view the calendar, click on ther photo above