March 3, 1970

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants the Lowell Housing Authority $4.6 million to build scattered sites in the Hale-Howard Urban Renewal area and throughout the City of Lowell.

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September 2, 1970 The LHA names new 208-unit development after former Mayor Dewey G. Archambault. Mayor Archambault was instrumental in pushing through the North Common Village project, despite resistance from the real estate, business, and financial sectors within the Lowell Community View article
March 10, 1971 Lowell City Council confirms the appointment of Agnes C. Davis, Lowell Housing Authority’s first tenant representative on the Board of Commissioners View article
September 22, 1971 The LHA hires first Spanish-speaking employee---Christiana Pereira.  Pereira, who also spoke Portuguese and English assisted those requiring translation services with the application process. View article
March 22, 1972 Youth living in the Julian D. Steele housing development establish a Youth Center in a vacant apartment with ambitions to expand youth activities beyond the apartment walls. View article
November 8, 1972 Lowell Housing Authority approves a measure to hire four Lowell Police Officers to patrol the Bishop Markham Village Housing Project to reduce crime during high crime hours at night and the early morning. View article
September 6, 1973 Armand P. Mercier, Executive Director of Lowell Housing Authority escorts an elderly woman from a fire in her apartment View article
September 27, 1973 Day Care services are brought to the LHA with the help of a $56,600 grant provided by the Department of Community Affairs.

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February 25, 1974 Residents at Dewey G. Archambault Towers receive greater access to health counseling provided by the Lowell Visiting Nurse Association View article
January 19, 1975 The LHA breaks ground on Temple Street, the future site of the Authority’s 2nd “turn key” project. View article
April 22, 1976 The Section 8 program, which applies federal subsidies to tenant leases is introduced within the Lowell Housing Authority View article
May 1, 1976 The LHA breaks ground for the renovation of John Pilling Shoe which would later become the site of Francis Gatehouse Mill on Broadway View article
May 12, 1977 A partnership between the Lowell Juvenile Employment Program and the Lowell Housing Authority brings classroom training, and on-the-job experience to at-risk youth living in Lowell. View article
August 12, 1977 The LHA is awarded a $562,478K from HUD to modernize George Flanagan, Bishop Markham Village, Dewey Archambault Towers, and Father Norton Manor.  Projects included overhaul of electrical systems, boiler work, and handicap unit accommodations. View article
December 9, 1977 The Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) provides for additional security, and crises and short-term care to LHA elderly housing developments. View article
February 19, 1977 Francis Gatehouse Mill, LHA’s newest housing development, opens for occupancy.  The 90-unit elderly development was a rehabilitation project to convert the John Pillings Shoe factory into modern affordable housing while maintaining the historical architecture of the mill. View article


























March 16, 1978 The LHA breaks ground for Archie Kenefick Manor, a 42-unit development on Stackpole Street View article
March 24, 1978 The Francis Gatehouse Mill, an elderly development of the LHA, is awarded a national Award of Merit in 1978 Homes for Better Living Program at the American Institute of Architects for architectural excellence.  The building was designed by Endevor, Inc., of Cambridge, and converted the John Pilling Shoe Factory into modern affordable housing. View article
August 21, 1978 The LHA donates dozens of photos taken in the Acre during the 1930s prior to the North Common Village project to the Lowell Museum View article
December 10, 1979 Archie Kenefick Manor, LHA’s 2nd mill renovation project consisting of 42-units, hosts an open house for a sneak peek at the property for more than 600 Lowell residents and community stakeholders. View article






































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