The Housing Authority of the City of Erie has been providing affordable housing for lower income families, the elderly, and people with disabilities since 1941.

The authority's mission remains unchanged.

Executive Director Michael Fraley said, "We want to provide people with safe, quality, affordable housing and services that give them the opportunity to move toward economic self sufficiency."

Tenants pay 30% of their income and that also includes utilities.

About 8,000 individuals get housing or housing help every year. But there still is a waiting list.

Fraley said, "If you apply for public housing today, depending on the bedroom size you want, it will take nine months to two years to come up on our waiting list."

The authority rents apartments in three high rise apartment buildings and maintains hundreds of apartments at many different sites around the city.

The authority also provides vouchers for Section 8 private housing.