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LHA announces historic changes to the Board of Commissioners (4/14/2015)

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LHA announces historic changes to the Board of Commissioners

Dear Stakeholder:

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.

Sincerely,

Dr. Gary K. Wallace, Executive Director

3/12/15


LHA continues efforts to support veterans (4/14/2015)

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LHA continues efforts to support veterans

Dear Stakeholder:

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!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Gary K. Wallace,

Executive Director

 

4/7/15


The LHA's rebound continues...

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Lowell Housing Authority Scores 97% on 2014 SEMAP

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The LHA scored an overall SEMAP score of 97% for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014. Once again, this score places the LHA in the “High Performer” category of HUD designations. The Section 8 Management Assessment Program (SEMAP) is used by the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to better manage the Section 8 tenant-based program by identifying the Housing Authority capabilities as measured by 15 separate indicators. The LHA earned 140 points, of a possible 145 points, which provided the overall score of 97%.

 

Dr. Gary K. Wallace, Executive Director, states, “this is one of the highest SEMAP scores received by the Lowell Housing Authority and can be attributed to the tremendous effort on the part of the staff in the Division of Leased Housing Programs.” The SEMAP tool measures the performance of the agency in all the major areas of the Section 8 Program including annual re-certifications of income, HQS inspections, Rent Reasonableness Certification, as well as many other performance categories. The Authority manages 1,250 Section 8 units. Dr. Wallace states he “recognizes the staff for the efficiency of their work in getting such a “high performing” score on the SEMAP.” He gives special thanks to Tha Chhan, Division Director of Leasing & Occupancy, for the hard work he has put into achieving this score.


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