Author: Andrew Rocha

Lowell Youth Activities Program Hosted 28th Annual Scholarship Awards Reception!

The Lowell Youth Activities Program hosted it’s 28th Annual Philip L. Shea Lowell Youth Activities Program Scholarship Awards Reception last night. It was well attended with over 100 family, friends, and community partners who joined us for this special occasion to present 9 deserving students with scholarship awards to attend school in the fall.

Special recognition was also given to Robert J. McMahon, the organization’s honoree for the event. Robert McMahon was a former Lowell Housing Authority resident and Chairperson for the Lowell Housing Authority. It was a pleasure to recognize Robert McMahon for his lifetime commitment to the Lowell community.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, whose annual contributions afford  us the ability to continue to provide academic opportunity to low-income youth living in the Lowell Housing Authority’s public housing and participants of the agency’s leased housing programs.

Thank you also to the University of Massachusetts Lowell for a wonderful evening at that Allen House.

Congratulations to This Year’s Scholarship Award Recipients!

Victoria Berrio, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Biology

Albert Ferreras, Merrimack College, Electrical Engineering

Erin Lee, Northeastern University, Undeclared

Naujiye Neal, Framingham State University, Health and Wellness

Emely Ortiz, University of Massachusetts-Boston, Business Management

Mya Palacio-Rivera, Middlesex Community College, Entrepreneurship Certificate

Kiss Quick, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Public Health

Bonne Volonte Reine Panguere, Rivier Unversity, Nursing

 LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS & OUR HONOREE ROBERT J. MCMAHON 

VIEW OUR 2022 VIRTUAL PROGRAM BOOK

Lowell Youth Activities Program Will Honor Robert J. McMahon!

The Lowell Housing Authority’s Nonprofit Affiliate, the Lowell Youth Activities Program is Pleased to Honor Robert J. McMahon!



Robert J. McMahon has been a long-time friend and dedicated public servant for the Authority. Commissioner McMahon served as the Labor Commissioner on the Board from 2001 to 2006. During his term, he was ardent supporter for the demolition of the Julian D. Steele development to pave the way for the development of new single and duplex homes, which has since revitalized the neighborhood.

In his early years, upon honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Bob and his wife Audrey had lived in the Julian D. Steele development for 6 years and 4 of their 5 children were born there. Having once been a resident of Lowell Housing, Commissioner McMahon has a strong aptitude for the inner workings of public housing administration, and is a strong proponent of union labor, who, brick-by-brick, set the foundation for new possibilities for low-income families.

McMahon had the opportunity to serve again on the Board, being appointed for a 5-year term by Governor Charles Baker as the State appointed Board member in 2015. He had been an active member of the Executive and Personnel Subcommittees during his tenure and was instrumental in supporting resident initiatives and guiding budget priorities for capital projects until 2021. Thank you, Commissioner McMahon, for your dedicated service to the residents of Lowell, who had, and will continue to call Lowell Housing Authority home.

Join us in celebrating Bob, and most importantly, our dedicated and deserving youth who are pursing higher education. Learn more about Bob and give. Every dollar counts towards ensuring we are able to continue to provide academic opportunity to youth living in public housing.


LHA and Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust Team Up for Earth Day

The Lowell Housing Authority and the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust teamed up this Earth Day to bring family-friendly “green” programming to children living in the Lowell Housing Authority’s North Common Village and Highland Parkway family properties. The children participated in a nature scavenger hunt, planted seeds, and were introduced to the EnviroScape to learn about environmental issues affecting the environment. Children and mothers were also provided with gift bags distributed by our resident services teams, courtesy of the The Wish Project of Chelmsford, and their generous donors.

Thank you to Katie Sadlier, the LHA’s JobsPLUS Director and her team–Madeline Colon-Rivera, Heather Barker, Kiss Quick, and newest member Liliane Kaitare, as well as Kelsey Tauer, our Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator for their efforts in orchestrating such a memorable day. We are so proud of all that you do to support our families. On behalf of the Lowell Housing Authority and our Lowell Housing Authority: Jobs PLUS Program, we would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincerest thanks to the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust. We look forward to next year. Until next year…keep it green!

 

LHA & Community Partners Bring Critical Health Services to Residents

The Lowell Housing Authority was pleased to join our community partners last Saturday to host an Adult Health and Wellness Fair for residents of the agency’s Federal Public Housing Programs. This event was month’s of planning and spearheaded by Lowell General Hospital and Paula Gouveia, our Resident Health Advisor. Providing support assistance, Mary Alice McParlane, Outreach Specialist, Mary Ann Maciejewski, Special Projects Coordinator and Kelsey Tauer, Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator, as well as our maintenance staff helped make this event visible and welcoming to our residents. We are grateful for their hard work and celebrate their success.

The event was held at the Mercier Community Center, and this truly was a fitting venue for a community-based effort. Eighty-Two families, and over 200 people walked through the doors to find supportive services. We received positive feedback from participants and partners alike. This event would not have been possible without their support.

The Housing Authority would like to express our sincerest thanks to our dedicated community partners, who provided a breadth of care–everything from Covid-19 vaccinations and booster shots, nutrition and dental guidance, blood pressure and oral cancer screenings, and smoking cessation outreach, among other critical services for healthier lifestyles. Thank you to Lowell General Hospital, UMass Lowell, Greater Lowell Health Alliance, City of Lowell, MA – Government, Lowell Community Health Center, Middlesex Community College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Hannaford Supermarkets the Lowell Senior Center, and all of the volunteers who helped make this year’s fair a success. Your expertise across the healthcare spectrum offered an informative, and unmatched experience for our residents. We appreciate all of your efforts in inspiring a healthier US!

Saturday, April 30, 2022, LHA and Lowell General Hospital to Host Adult Health and Wellness Fair

The Lowell Housing Authority and Lowell General Hospital are hosting an Adult Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, April 30th from 9:00am-12:00 pm.
We’re giving away gift cards, and prizes while supplies last and it will be a fun time for all!
Please stop by and visit our different wellness tables:
  1. Breast Cancer Screening
  2. Prostate Cancer Screening
  3. Oral Cancer Screening
  4. Colorectal Cancer Screening
  5. Blood Pressure Screening
  6. Diabetes Education
  7. Oral Health Educaton
  8. Smoking/Vaping Education
  9. Eye Health Education
  10. Mental & Behavioral Health/Substance Abuse Prevention Education
  11. Nutrition/ Meal Preparation and Education
  12. COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Clinic
  13. Pharmacy & Medication Education
  14. AgeSpan (Formerly Elder Services)
  15. Lowell Senior Center
  16. Greater Lowell Health Alliance Survey Booth
  17. Healthy Homes Initiative Information Booth

Lowell Youth Activities Program Now Accepting Scholarship Applications!

The Lowell Youth Activities Program, Inc. (LYAP) is pleased to announce that it will once again be hosting its annual Philip L. Shea Scholarship Awards Reception. The Lowell Youth Activities Program is 501(c3) tax exempt 509(a)(1) public charity with the mission to educate, mentor and advance children within the Lowell Housing Authority’s Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Programs. In most cases, it is very difficult for the families of these children to afford extracurricular activities, after-school programming and the pursuit of higher education. Through ongoing donor support, the organization is able to award over $20,000 in academic scholarships annually to High School graduates pursuing higher education. Charitable contributions are also used to fund an academic-based After-School Program and Summer Youth Recreation Program which serves low-income youth within the Acre and Highlands neighborhoods.

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The scholarship application deadline is Friday, May 27th at 4:00 PM. 


The 2022 Philip L. Shea Scholarship Awards Reception will be hosted on

Thursday, June 16th  5:00-7:00pm

The Allen House at University of Massachusetts Lowell

2 Solomont Street

Lowell, MA 01854

We’re Honoring Robert J. McMahon!


The Lowell Housing Authority’s nonprofit affiliate, the Lowell Youth Activities Program is pleased to announce that the organization will be honoring Robert J. McMahon!

Robert J. McMahon has been a long-time friend and dedicated public servant for the Authority. Commissioner McMahon served as the Labor Commissioner on the Board from 2001 to 2006. During his term, he was ardent supporter for the demolition of the Julian D. Steele development to pave the way for the development of new single and duplex homes, which has since revitalized the neighborhood.

In his early years, upon honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Bob and his wife Audrey had lived in the Julian D. Steele development for 6 years and 4 of their 5 children were born there. Having once been a resident of Lowell Housing, Commissioner McMahon has a strong aptitude for the inner workings of public housing administration, and is a strong proponent of union labor, who, brick-by-brick, set the foundation for new possibilities for low-income families.

McMahon had the opportunity to serve again on the Board, being appointed for a 5-year term by Governor Charles Baker as the State appointed Board member in 2015. He had been an active member of the Executive and Personnel Subcommittees during his tenure and was instrumental in supporting resident initiatives and guiding budget priorities for capital projects until 2021.Thank you, Commissioner McMahon, for your dedicated service to the residents of Lowell, who had, and will continue to call Lowell Housing Authority home.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be available for the evening, as we celebrate the future of Lowell youth.

This year, we hope that we can count upon your support through either a ticket purchase, tax-deductible monetary contribution or a sponsorship placement in our Scholarship Event Program Book.


SPONSORED ADVERTISING

                  • FULL PAGE $300
                  • HALF PAGE $200
                  • QUARTER PAGE $100
                  • BUSINESS CARD $50

Not only will your generosity benefit the youth that we serve, but also will provide the opportunity for exposure for your business. We thank you greatly for your consideration of our request.

Advertising purchases and donations may be made by check and payable to Lowell Youth Activities Program, Inc., PO Box 1103, Lowell, MA 01853. You may also purchase tickets, advertising, or donate online by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lowell-youth-activities-program-scholarship-awards-reception-tickets-59109381752. (Each $100 spent through ad sponsorship or donation receives one event ticket). If purchasing a sponsored advertisement online, simply select your ad value through Eventbrite, and please submit your ad electronically at the appropriate size in pdf, jpeg, or png formats to [email protected].

The advertising deadline is Tuesday,  May 31st. 

For additional questions, please contact [email protected]

Sincerely,

Lowell Youth Activities Program, Inc.

Leased Housing & Admissions Moving Week!

The Lowell Housing Authority’s Division of Leased Housing and Admissions office is in the process of moving its office from 350 Moody Street to 89 Appleton Street. This has been an ongoing project for the last few months to provide a more efficient office space for the leased housing staff to improve customer experiences. The time is finally here– moving week!

Housed in the former Lowell Juvenile Courthouse, our new office will feature staff parking and more accessible on-street and public parking for our customers. Additionally, modular and independent office space will provide for more comfortable, and personal customer interactions.

Here are some important details for our customers, vendors, and community stakeholders:

          • Staff will be moving on Wednesday, March 2nd, and Thursday March 3rd. During this time, there may be a brief disruption in service. Please excuse any delays in service during this time. Please leave our staff a voicemail or email us and we’ll respond to you as soon as possible.
          • The Division of Leased Housing Office will be fully operational as of Monday, March 7th at the new location. Please note that our offices will still be CLOSED to the public, but we’re available to provide service by email, phone and appointment.
          • The Division of Leased Housing and Admissions Departments’ new address is:
Lowell Housing Authority
89 Appleton Street
PO Box 60
Lowell, MA 01853
          • There will be two mailboxes accessible to the public open during normal business hours to drop paperwork for the Division of Leased Housing and Admissions Department. One will be located at the new office, and the other will remain at 350 Moody Street for the foreseeable future.

For questions or concerns regarding this relocation, please contact our main office at 978-364-5311. We look forward to continuing to provide the highest quality housing and supportive services from our new home!

ESPANOL         KHMER

Applications Open for the NAHRO Merit and NAHRO-LDG College Scholarship

It’s that time of year! Applications for the NAHRO Merit Scholarship and the NAHRO-LDG Scholarship program are open! Take advantage of this special opportunity to award eight scholars who live in NAHRO agency member-provided housing a scholarship to continue their studies after graduating high school.

Applications are due to National NAHRO by July 8, 2022. Please review the application in detail as some changes have been made from years prior.

NAHRO Merit and NAHRO-LDG College Scholarship Rules – The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO)

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