The Lowell Housing Authority is pleased to announce the hiring of two veterans, Samuel T. Talbot and J. Michael Burke. The hiring of these veterans is part of the commitment the Lowell Housing Authority Executive Director and Board of Commissioners made in resolving to hire Post 911 veterans to open positions at the LHA. The resolution states "To the extent permitted by law, the Lowell Housing Authority shall over the course of the next two years conduct increased outreach in order to engage and employ post 911 veterans as part of our hiring or selection process". The Board and the Executive Director are supporting the Operation Returning Veterans Program (ORV) by ensuring employment and supportive opportunities to our Post 911 Veterans.

Samuel Talbot served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Constellation as an (E3) Airman. He received several medals and ribbons during his service. He has a AS Degree in Engineering from Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester and has extensive experience as a Field Engineer, Drill Rig Assistant, Research Assistant, and served as an on-call Firefighter in Sterling, Mass. Sam was hired by the LHA as a Custodian in Facilities Management.

J. Michael Burke served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an (E4), Corporal having served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He received several medals and ribbons during his service. He has attended Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston and Middlesex Community College. His coursework included Electronic Engineering and Business. He has extensive experience in Facilities Maintenance, Construction Sub-Contracting, Maintenance Engineer, Maintenance Technician and Service Technician. Michael was hired by the LHA as a Custodian in Facilities Management.

The ORV Program also seeks to ensure the development of the housing infrastructure necessary to support our returning veterans with affordable homes. Through a collaboration of private and public sector enterprises, sixty houses at the River's Edge development will be completed that will provide a family friendly neighborhood in a community committed to supporting American service members and their families with education, job training, employment opportunities and other social services to ensure their long term success. This Program is a model for how communities can collaborate to support members of the military and their families and reintegrate them into a thriving sustainable community

The LHA welcomes both Sam Talbot and Michael Burke on board!