The Revitalization Effort Towards New Urbanism (RENU), the Lowell Housing Authority's nonprofit affiliate defined its identity when it finalized the organization's first logo this week. The logo was designed by a local marketing firm, who also designed the Lowell Housing Authority's new logo. During the design process the organization stressed the importance of RENU's vision to revitalization the Merrimack Street Corridor with mixed-use housing and retail, while representing the community partners who will make this new development possible. The organization selected blue, green and white, as the colors themselves signify revitalization, rejuvenation, and purity and are consistent with the nonprofit's vision for a new Merrimack Street. Each of the buildings in the logo is a part of the 2-block stretch of Merrimack Street slated for development. A bike was included in the logo to highlight the organization's determination to make Merrimack Street commuter-friendly through a new urbanism approach to development. The Board of Directors hope to make the area more attractive while ensuring that affordable housing remains intact and employment opportunities close to home are accessible to residents of the neighborhood.
The Lowell Housing Authority has once again been named a High-Performer by HUD, with an overall Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) score of 91% for 2017. The HUD PHAS score rates the agency across key indicators, including our properties physical conditions, finances, management, and the agency’s efficiency in utilizing capital funds. Our continued success in achieving high PHAS scores would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of staff. Thank you to all staff who consistently strive to provide quality affordable housing and support service to our residents. The LHA has been a high performer since 2002, and it is our hope that we continue in 2018 to collectively work towards making the LHA a place for stability and opportunity for residents to achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency.
The LHA is about to begin a new academic year! LHA's Learning Zone After-School Program is now enrolling at two convenient locations--North Common Village, and George Flanagan developments. Our Learning Zone serves youth in grades 2-8, providing daily tutoring assistance, hands-on activities, critical thinking exercises, informational guest speakers, field trips and recreational activities to further promote academic success and broaden the quest for knowledge. Our classrooms are staffed with two educators, plenty of school supplies, and the latest technology to encourage learning. Learning Zone staff utilizes diverse programming, which includes educational games and group activities to keep youth engaged. 1:1 individualized attention is also available for students requiring additional help.
Born in the Lowell Highlands, Wayne Sevigny Sr., is a life-long resident of Lowell and a 9-year resident of Dewey Archambault Towers. He attended college briefly in the early 70’s, where he studied Mechanical Drafting and Engineering before joining the military in 1975. From 1975-1978 Commissioner Sevigny served in the U.S. Army as an engineer repairing bridges and infrastructure, and worked to provide lighting, heating, and battalion maintenance following the Vietnam War.
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