LHA Declared a High Performer
The Lowell Housing Authority (LHA) is pleased to announce the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has declared the LHA as a High Performer Public Housing Agency. HUD has notified the Lowell Housing Authority (LHA) it has been issued an overall Section 8 Management Assessment Program (SEMAP) score of 97 points for the most recent fiscal year ending 9/30/16. The SEMAP system is used by HUD to annually evaluate and measure the performance of the LHA on the major functional areas of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. SEMAP enables HUD to identify LHA’s management capabilities and to more effectively monitor and assist the agency.
Dr. Gary Wallace, Executive Director, states “the scores are difficult to achieve”. Wallace credits the LHA’s team approach to the accomplishment, noting that the team consists of everyone from the LHA Section 8 staff, led by Director Tha Chhan to Section 8 residents, finance staff, and the LHA Board of Commissioners. “There is a lot of strategic planning that goes into managing a well runned Section 8 program and it is through this process with our staff and Board that we can achieve this kind of success,” states Wallace.
The recognition as “High-Performer” by HUD will continue to give the LHA flexibility and creativity in administering the agency. Wallace states, “I am proud of our agency and this designation by HUD is testimony to our good work.”
Operation Returning Veterans Steps Aside
The Lowell Housing Authority's nonprofit affiliate Operation Returning Veterans, Inc. was dissolved this week. While it was a difficult decision, Operation Returning Veterans, Inc. determined that resources could be better utlized by another organization whose mission is to provide services to veterans within the Merrimack community. Operation Returning Veterans, Inc. would like to thank all of those who helped support the organizaton these past 6 years. A $22,346 donation has been made to Veterans Assisting Veterans, Inc. of Dracut, MA. It is our hope that our contribution will assist Veterans Assisting Veterans continue their great work in providing essential services to our veterans. For more information about Veterans Assisting Veterans, Inc. please visit https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAssistingVeterans
Lowell Youth Activities Program Awarded STEM Grant For Learning Zone
In October, the Lowell Youth Activities Program, Inc. applied for, and was recently awarded, a $3,500 grant through the 2016 Discretionary Grant Program offered by the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. The purpose of the funding is to be able to offer Traveling Science Workshops hosted by the Discovery Museum of Acton, MA, to further enhance the Massachusetts Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Curriculum Framework within the LHA's After-School Learning Zone Programs.
These mobile presentations afford a highly interactive learning experience that promotes observation, raising questions, investigation, problem-solving, evidence identification and evaluation of findings. A total of ten workshops will be afforded to our students and it is anticipated that the presentation of the material will also foster character-building traits, self-initiative and contemplation surrounding the pursuit of higher education in a STEM-associated field.