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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.

Health and Safety Initiative Fund Award

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I am pleased to notify you that the Lowell Housing Authority has been awarded $39,600 in FY l 5 Health and Safety Initiative funds. This award is based upon your response to Public Housing Notice 2014-17 and is to be applied toward capital costs for the following projects:




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Repave driveways at mult iple scattered sites. Driveways are u neven   and have m ultiple   pot holes.   Properties   ra nge from 1u ni   t to 4 uni ts.




Rebuild exterior stairs and ra il ings. Stairs are steep and do not meet   correct codes




The amendment to your Contract for Financial Assistance will be forthcoming. As a reminder, all projects must be completed by June 30, 2015. Housing authorities will be compensated for actual invoiced expenses rather than the estimated cost originally submitted. At the end of the fiscal year, DHCD will recapture any unspent portion of this award.


This award is in addition to your formula funding and does not count toward your FY 15 cap share; please make every effort to complete all other FY l 5 formula funding projects by June 30, 2015. This year your DHCD project manager is the point of contact for your Health and Safety award. All project inquiries, invoices, and other communication regarding the above listed project(s) should be directed to him/her.


Thank you for your efforts to preserve the state public housing portfolio.

Aaron Gornstein


Lowell Housing Authority 5th Annual PHA Plan for FY 2015

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