The Lowell Housing Authority is proud to announce that the agency received 2017 NERC/NAHRO Awards of Merit. The applications were submitted In January, for two awards through the New England Regional Council (NERC) of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). The awards are presented annually to recognize nationally, the achievements of NERC/NAHRO members. While there are many categories for award consideration, the Authority applied for an Award of Merit for Project Design and one for Administrative Innovation.
For the Project Design category, the Authority was recognized for its efforts to revitalize Themeles square in 2016 with new lighting, landscaping, seating, and open spaces to reduce crime in the neighborhood.
The award for Administrative Innovation addressed the agency’s work to create digital copies of aging blueprints to improve efficiency of operations by increasing the ease by which contractors can access and handle the blueprints, while preserving the integrity of the historic documents. The project, while a brainchild of the Authority, was brought to fruition with the help of University of Massachusetts Lowell students, who worked tirelessly to complete the digitization, and we sincerely thank them for their hard work
Senior staff from the agency will accept the awards at the NERC/NAHRO Annual Meeting in June. The agency is grateful for the recognition and will continue to find new ways in the coming year to improve efficiencies and design innovative housing to meet the needs of our residents.