LHA Receives 2015 NAHRO and NERC/NAHRO Merit Awards
2015 NAHRO and NERC/NAHRO Merit Awards
The National Association
of Housing and Redevelopment Organization (NAHRO)
has announced the Lowell
Housing Authority (LHA) is a recipient of a 2015 Merit Award in Housing and
Community Development for its Public Housing Community Garden Initiative and a
second award for its Healthy Homes/Asthma Intervention Program. Additionally,
the LHA is being presented with a 2015 NERC/NAHRO Regional Award of Merit for
its Healthy Homes/Asthma Intervention Program.
The Merit Award for the
Community Garden Initiative is being presented for the unique approach the LHA,
in cooperation with Mill City Grows, undertook to involve residents in
educating, planning and planting an organic community garden which harvested a variety
of healthy produce for the LHA residents.
The Merit Award and
NERC/NAHRO award for the Healthy Homes program is recognizing the LHA, in
conjunction with UMass Lowell, the Lowell Community Health Center, and the Coalition for a Better Acre, for providing asthma intervention in the LHA’s
public housing units. The major goals of the program were to remediate homes
for environmental triggers of asthma and improve the health outcomes of
The NAHRO Awards will be
presented at the July NAHRO Summer Conference in Austin, Texas. The NERC/NAHRO
Regional Award will be presented at their Annual Conference in June in North
LHA announces historic changes to the Board of Commissioners (4/14/2015)
announces historic changes to the Board of Commissioners
The Lowell Housing Authority is pleased to announce
the election of Ms. Bopha Peou as the new Chairperson for the LHA Board of
Commissioners. Ms. Peou was selected by her fellow members at the Annual
Meeting of the Board of Commissioners held at the Mercier Center on March 11,
2015. Ms. Peou, who has served as a member on the Board since 2013, is also the
first Cambodian-American elected as Chairperson. Bopha was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and
escaped to a refugee camp in Khao E. Dang, Thailand. She came to the US in 1987
and lived in California, eventually moving to Massachusetts in 1991. Bopha
recently returned as part of the Lowell delegation, that included Mayor Rodney
Elliot, to Cambodia to meet with other government officials.
Also at the LHA Annual Meeting, Attorney Patricia
Sullivan Talty was elected Vice-Chairperson of the LHA Board of Commissioners.
Attorney Talty joined the Board of Commissioner in 2014. She is a former Lowell
City Solicitor and is a current professor at UMass Lowell and Middlesex
Community College. She also serves on the Board of the House of Hope.
In other Board news, Governor Charles Baker recently
appointed Mr. Robert McMahon to serve on the Board of Commissioners for a
five-year term. We are pleased to welcome back Mr. McMahon who had previously
served as the Labor Representative on the Board from 2001-2006.
At the Annual Meeting, Mary Ann Maciejewski,
Assistant Executive Director and I pledged our continued professionalism,
leadership, and cooperation in meeting the best interests of the Agency. I
would also like to publicly thank Kristen Ross-Sitcawich for her five years of
service on the board.
Dr. Gary K. Wallace, Executive Director
LHA continues efforts to support veterans (4/14/2015)
continues efforts to support veterans
The Lowell Housing Authority is
pleased to announce the promotion of Samuel T. Talbot. Sam was recently
promoted to the Property Manager-State position. A former veteran, 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 Maintenance Custodian in Facilities Management in August of 2011 and has
received perfect attendance during his time as a Custodian.
The Lowell Housing
Authority is also pleased to announce the hiring of Patrick R. Mullen., a U.S.
Army veteran, as a Maintenance Custodian in the Facilities Management
Department. Patrick Mullen served in Afghanistan in the
U.S. Army as an 11b10 Infantryman. He served as an Infantryman for 4 years
during which time he received numerous medals, ribbons, and badges including: Afghanistan
Campaign Medal W/Campaign Star, Army Commendations Medal, Army Good Conduct
Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,
Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, and
Driver and Mechanic Badge. Patrick is married and
has one child and he lives in Lowell with his family.
The hiring of veterans is part of
the commitment the Lowell Housing Authority Executive Director and Board of
Commissioners made several years back 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.
The LHA congratulates Sam Talbot
and welcomes Patrick Mullen on board!
Dr. Gary K. Wallace,
The LHA's rebound continues...