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--- Issued September 1, 2013

In 2013, we are extremely proud to feature in our annual calendar 12 of our employees who started their careers with us when they were residents of public housing. We think their individual stories are compelling enough to feature on a monthly basis throughout the year -- to honor these employees and to help celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Housing Authority of the City of Erie:

Patricia Jordan -- September 2013

 "I had been a resident of the Housing Authority of the City of Erie for 19 years, from 1980 until 1999, when I bought my own home.

“As a single mother raising three children, life was not easy. I had been on welfare until I entered the Step-Up Program soon after entering public housing. In this program, I learned many skills that I would be using in the maintenance department.

“When I finished the program and was offered full-time employment with the Authority, I was ecstatic.

“I have been an employee for the past 18 years, and because of my employment with the Authority, I was able to save money to assist my daughter to attend college, attain guardianship of my grandson after the passing of my oldest daughter, purchase my home, and acquire additional experience to better myself in my profession.

“My family and I would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to the Housing Authority for all it has done for us.”

Patricia’s oldest daughter, Tasha, died six years ago of lung disease. She was 32, and living on her own. Patricia now has custody of her grandson, Tashan, 18, who has been accepted at two colleges. Patricia says that thanks to her Housing Authority maintenance job as a Mechanic Aide, she will probably be able to pay for Tashan’s education. Patricia’s son, Frankie, 37, and daughter, Sabrina, 27, each have their own homes.

“I was on welfare for a year, and it didn’t get me anywhere, so when the Step-Up Program came along, I jumped at it. I was hired by the Authority right after I graduated for a 6-month tryout period. Eighteen of us went through the program and the Authority hired eight of those. I am very grateful.”

“Now I can do just about anything in plumbing, electrical, drywall, painting, and cleaning,” she says. “I have a nice ranch house with a big yard on West 25th Street and when something goes wrong, it’s so nice to be able to fix it myself.

“I’m independent, self-sufficient, have a good income, myown home, and I love my job.

“I have great coworkers and we all have a good time together and the best part is, we all get the work done!”