The Lowell Housing Authority held its Annual Meeting held on Wednesday, March 8th. Our annual meetings offer staff and our Board of Commissioners an opportunity to collectively reflect upon last year's goals, address the goals for the coming year, and honor those staff and community partners who contribute to our day efforts to provide the highest quality housing and support services to low income families. We are pleased to present you with this year's highlights.
The Lowell Housing Authority established goals in 2016:
The Development of Mixed-Use Housing
- The Authority established the nonprofit affiliate, the Revitalization Effort Toward New Urbanism, Inc. (RENU) to oversee the development of mixed-use housing. In the coming year, the Authority will work to fine tune development on the site of the Mercier Center and begin collaborating with community stakeholders for the revitalization of the Merrimack Street Corridor.
Provide Additional Training Opportunities for Staff and Increase Diversity in Hiring
- In 2016, LHA Employees received training from Fair Housing, along with trainings and certifications offered by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and OSHA training for maintenance employees.
Establish A Sustainable Energy Contract
- The LHA established a 20-year sustainable energy contract consisting of a State and Federal site expected to save the agency $300,000 in energy credits for 2017.
- We set a new goal in 2017 to expand communication with residents and stakeholders by utilizing social media and the agency’s quarterly newsletter to engage our audience. Also, noteworthy was the election of a new Chairperson and Vice Chairperson who will steer the organization in the coming year. Congratulations to Vice Chairperson McMahon and Commissioner Bopha Peou, who were unanimously elected to serve as Chairperson and Vice Chairperson, respectively.
Lastly, the Authority recognized community partners who exhibited unwavering commitment to the Authority and its programs in the previous year. Congratulations to all the recipients of this year’s awards. Thank you for your support and we look forward to working with you in 2017, and the years to come.
Recipients of the 2017 Recognition Awards:
Lowell Police Department
Partner of the Year
Jill Maker, The Wish Project
Beth Brassell, Pollard Memorial Library
Nick Manolis, Manolis Family Foundation
Wayne Sevigny, Resident of the Year
Amy Dalton, Employee of the Year
Click on the attachments below to view the 2017 Annual Recognitions Awards program, and Inform, Promote, Advocate (IPA) Highlights, a brief snapshot of the LHA's activities in 2016.