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One Week in the Books for Kids in Tech!

 

   

The Lowell Housing Authority in partnership with Kids In Tech completed one week of this year’s program which runs through April 2023. Led by Victoria, Marsha, of Kids in Tech and a duo of interns from Umass Lowell, the program meets in the afternoons on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the agency’s Highland Parkway and North Common Village family properties.

Kids in Tech strives to excite, educate, and empower children to acquire skills and confidence in technology through these interactive after school programs. Their programs help to inspire the next generation of kids to seek careers in the STEM fields and offer the necessary tech skills and aptitudes to participate in and be future leaders of the 21st-century innovation economy.

To kick off the week, the group created their own avatars for use in the program and was exposed to some basics of responsible behavior when interacting with others in online environments.

We look forward to continuing to provide these programs for Lowell youth. If you are a resident of Lowell with children interested in joining the program, there is still time to register!

 

The deadline to register is Tuesday, November 1st. 

Register today: https://portal.laserfiche.com/q9002/forms/iNkqQ

 

 

LHA’s FSS Program Congratulates Two New Graduates!

The Lowell Housing Authority is pleased to announce that we have two more successful graduates of the agency’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS)!

The Lowell Housing Authority’s Family Self-Sufficiency program is a goal-setting program designed to address barriers to family self-sufficiency. In partnership with the LHA, participants establish goals and along with its vast network of community partners assist families in meeting these goals.  Past participants have gone on to further their education, improve their credit, increase their earnings through job training, or purchase a car or home.

The Lowell Housing Authority’s FSS program serves over 50 program participants on a rolling basis, and is open to residents of the Lowell Housing Authority’s Public Housing and Division of Leased Housing Programs.  Michael and Nadode were joined by their lovely families in our office  to celebrate their achievements last month.

Throughout their time in the program, Nadode and Michael worked diligently to create opportunities for their families, including improving their credit, establishing savings and checking accounts, and shared the ultimate goal of purchasing their own homes. We are thrilled that this is a new reality for both these families. We are so proud of both of them and all that they’ve accomplished. Congratulations Michael and Nadode!

Learn more about Michael, Nadode, their families and the Housing Authority’s FSS program. Let us share in YOUR success. https://tinyurl.com/54hr9sef

 

LHA Awarded Cultural Grant to Install Art to Celebrate Diversity

 

In the spring of 2022, The Lowell Housing Authority (LHA) was awarded an artistic grant from The Mass Cultural Council. Through their support, the LHA is honored to be able to work with local master ceramist, Yary Livan, who agreed to create a 4 ft. x 4 ft. flowerpot sculpture that celebrates the diversity surrounding our community. The design will represent the 1st immigrant populations that came to call LHA home. We will be unveiling his master work at the Mercier Center entrance garden this coming fall. 

Yary Livan has a legacy of dedication to his craft and his community of Lowell Massachusetts. Livan is one of perhaps only three Cambodian master ceramists to have survived the 1975 Khmer Rouge genocide and the only one known to be living in the U.S., where he shares his artistic knowledge with the next generation through classes and apprenticeships. https://westernavenuestudios.com/listing/yary-livan/

After-School Programming Returns to LHA!

The Lowell Housing Authority is pleased to be bringing back after-school programming at North Common Village and Highland Parkway. The Housing Authority will be partnering with Kids in Tech to offer Tech Club, an interactive, STEM-friendly, program for LHA residents ages 8-14. Topics will include coding, robotics, engineering, electricity and so much more!

The program is FREE for LHA residents, but space is limited to the first 15 registrations at each property. Don’t miss this exciting and engaging learning experience for the little “techie” in your home. Secure your child’s spot today!

For more information and to register, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/2p88n2mb

Staff at LHA Participate in Naloxone Training

Lowell Housing Authority staff participated in a Naloxone administration training. This training was coordinated by Paula Gouveia, Resident Health Advisor and conducted by Gianna of Lowell House Addiction and Treatment Center of Lowell and Rhiannon of the Lowell Health Department.

This effort is to ensure that LHA staff are equipped with the tools they need to respond in the event of a crisis, and potentially prevent a fatal overdose. Naloxone boxes will also be installed in and around LHA properties, and accessible to residents and the community who may need to administer this harmless, but life-saving drug.

Thank you to Lowell House Addiction and Treatment and the City of Lowell Health Department for providing us with this important training.

LHA Hosted A Youth Health Fair!

The Lowell Housing Authority was thrilled to have hosted a Youth Health Fair for residents of Lowell Housing Authority properties on Saturday!

We had over 200 people join us for an afternoon of fun with a healthy twist. Thank you to all the families who were able to attend. We hope you had as much fun as we did.

Thank you to all of our partners, who without you, this event would not be possible:

          • Lowell Police Department (Official)
          • Lowell Fire Dept.
          • City of Lowell, MA – Government
          • Trinity EMS Inc.
          • Middlesex Community College-College of Dental Hygiene
          • My Life My Choice
          • Community Teamwork, Inc.- & CTI Youth Build
          • Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union
          • Lowell Public Schools
          • Greater Lowell Family YMCA
          • The Center for Hope and Healing Inc.
          • Lowell Recreation Department
          • Greater Lowell Personal Development Center
          • Mill City Prevention
          • Greater Lowell Health Alliance
          • Cataldo Ambulance Service

We would also like to thank those who could not join us for the event, but supported this event through their generous in-kind and personal contributions:

          • Team Micky Ward Charities
          • Greater Lowell Community Foundation
          • Greater Lowell Health Alliance
          • Tufts Medical
          • Enterprise Bank
          • MBL Charities
          • Long Meadow Golf Course
          • Michael Spanos
          • Fiesta Shows
          • Rogers Hall Corp.
          • Peabody Properties
          • Kevin Coughlin
          • Steven & Melanie Shorrock
          • Brian & Kathleen McSorley
          • Brian & Mary Rose Murphy
          • Tuck Bailey, J.
          • Committee to Elect Sokhary Chau
          • Committee to Elect Rady Mom
          • The Demoulas Foundation

We made the event, were fed and entertained by the following:

          • Lowell Public Schools Transportation Department
          • Winbrook
          • Sal’s Pizza
          • NE Pretzel & Popcorn
          • Magic By George Saterial
          • Balloons by Ciel
          • Mr. Softee/Cones Boston
          • Billy Stephen/DJ

Thank you for bringing in the smiles.

Lastly, we’d like to thank our own staff of dedicated volunteers who assisted during Saturday’s event. You know who you are.

Don’t forget to check out our photo gallery. Keep smiling, stay healthy, and we look forward to seeing you next year!

https://www.flipsnack.com/lowellhousing/lowell-housing-authority-youth-health-fair-2022.html

LHA’s JobsPLUS Program Joins National Night Out Community Celebration

An initial bout of rain followed by a “soupy” evening did not dampen the spirits of the Lowell Housing Authority’s JobsPLUS program, who represented the Lowell Housing Authority at this year’s National Night Out Community Celebration.

Katie Sadlier, JobsPLUS Director, and her support team, Madeline Colon-Rivera of MassHire Career Center of Lowell, and Kiss Quick, Community Outreach Specialist, greeted program participants and Acre neighbors with smiles. Ice cream also helped sweeten the experience provided courtesy of the Lowell Housing Authority to guests seeking a respite from the heat.

Our dynamic trio was joined by other Lowell community partners who collectively make this free, family-friendly, event possible each year. Partners included the Coalition for a Better Acre, Bike Connector, the Lowell Police Department, MassHire and Neighborhood Works.

We are always grateful to be a part of this fun, community-wide event. Thank you to our JobsPLUS team, including Liliane Kaitare, and Heather Barker, JobsPLUS Case Managers, who, while absent from this event, are an integral part of keeping the time clock ticking within the JobsPLUS Program. A special thanks to all of our partners for another successful night out!

LHA Hosts Vendor Open House!

Our Procurement Department was active this week.  Rita Brousseau, Chief Procurement Officer, and Evelyn Canela, Procurement Assistant, welcomed  seven vendors to the open house yesterday to share our latest projects and introduce our guests to public procurement.
Thank you to Omni Print, City Mirror And Glass Co. Inc., Merrimack Translations, ColorWorks Paint & Decorating Centers, Royal Cleaning Services, CHESS Engineering, and Harbor Textiles of Lawrence for coming out to visit. A special thank you to Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce for helping us share this exciting opportunity.
If you missed us, please check out our promotional video below to see a snapshot of our needs, and feel free to contact Rita to discuss future projects at 978-364-5341. We look forward to speaking with you!

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.


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