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--- Issued September 26, 2012

John Horan, executive director of the Housing Authority of the City of Erie, had been trying to bring actor Nate Parker to Erie for at least five years before that mission was finally accomplished August 16-18, with the help of Gary Horton, CEO of the Urban Erie Community Development Corporation.

Why had Horan been trying so hard to bring Parker to Erie?

Because Parker is the role model that exemplifies the type of person young Erie Housing Authority youths should emulate to achieve self-sufficiency, the goal and mission statement of the Erie Housing Authority.

You can read about Parker's Erie visit and his promise to the youths of Erie in this summer's News & Views Newsletter by clicking

Parker also discuses in the newsletter article the importance of role models to him.

You can also read about the importance of role models to Horan himself in Horan's acceptance speech for the 2012 Tocqueville Award by clicking

In explaining why role models were important to them, as they grew up, Horan
and Parker show why showcasing people like Parker is so important.

Read both accounts to understand why HACE places a premium on role models, ranging from the Heroes of Public Housing, to young Housing Authority college-bound summer interns, to Louis J. Tullio Scholarship award winners.