Tiny Homes to Provide Shelter for Homeless in Erie

Erie Insurance, along with The Housing Authority or the City of Erie and The Kiwanis Club of Erie, contributed a generous donation to help provide families/individuals in need with three new Tiny Homes. These new tiny homes helped increase the Community Shelter Service’s (CSS) temporary housing services the nonprofit can provide to families experiencing homelessness.

A Meaningful Dedication Ceremony

To commemorate this milestone, a ribbon cutting for all three homes was held in October. The ceremony took place at the CSS Building grounds, where local agencies along with CSS leadership and Erie Mayor Joe Schember were present to celebrate.

Driven by Purpose

Erie Insurance has always believed in giving back and supporting the communities it does business in.

“At ERIE, give where you live is a value we take to heart, and our company is truly humbled to play a role in ensuring that an entire family will have a warm, safe home to stay in together while receiving beneficial services provided by CSS,” said Christine Blashock, ERIE’s community outreach manager.

“These tiny homes are more than just a roof over someone’s head; they are a stepping-stone towards stability and self-sufficiency. We see this investment as an opportunity to make a tangible difference in our community, one tiny home at a time,” said Kiwanis Member Cathy Szymanski.

“The Housing Authority Board of Directors and staff are pleased to partner with Community Shelter Services in its efforts to provide transitional housing opportunities to families and individuals who are homeless or at-risk of being homeless. The ability to reunite families in a stable transitional home environment is a big step forward and I commend CSS for their efforts,” Michael Fraley, Executive Director of the Housing Authority.

A Glimpse Into the Kiwanis Family Village

The Kiwanis Family Village opened its first home sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Erie this past April. The goal of the Kiwanis Family Village is to provide family style emergency housing units where nuclear families can remain together while utilizing the services provided by CSS in the Emergency Shelter. These families/individuals will have access to facilities for meals, case worker services, and all normal programming at the shelter.

15 ERIE employees will be volunteering throughout the year, performing tasks related to setting up, furnishing and decorating the home to provide a welcoming touch.

The Erie Giving Network donated $15,000 to Community Shelter Services to provide emergency shelter in the form of a Tiny Home.

To learn more about Community Shelter Services and how it’s been serving Erie’s homeless through its mission to provide a pathway to housing, help and hope for more than 50 years, please visit communityshelter.org.

To learn more about ERIE’s Giving Network and how it works to invest its time, talent, and resources into our community, please visit erieinsurance.com/givingnetwork.

ERIE® insurance products and services are provided by one or more of the following insurers: Erie Insurance Exchange, Erie Insurance Company, Erie Insurance Property & Casualty Company, Flagship City Insurance Company and Erie Family Life Insurance Company (home offices: Erie, Pennsylvania) or Erie Insurance Company of New York (home office: Rochester, New York).  The companies within the Erie Insurance Group are not licensed to operate in all states. Refer to the company licensure and states of operation information.

The insurance products and rates, if applicable, described in this blog are in effect as of July 2022 and may be changed at any time. 

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The insurance products and services described in this blog are not offered in all states.  ERIE life insurance and annuity products are not available in New York.  ERIE Medicare supplement products are not available in the District of Columbia or New York.  ERIE long term care products are not available in the District of Columbia and New York. 

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