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.”