LHA Awarded $2.3M for Job Training and Employment Services

The Lowell Housing Authority is excited to announce that we are the proud recipients of a $2.3M HUD Jobs Plus grant! The Jobs Plus grant develops locally based, job-driven approaches to increase earnings and advance employment outcomes through work readiness, employer linkages, job placement, educational advancement, skills development, and financial literacy for public housing residents. The Jobs Plus grant is a collaborative grant which helps participants secure higher paying jobs, by providing job training and placement wrap-around services, as well as a rent-based incentive for participants to increase earnings.

The Jobs Plus grant was submitted to HUD in partnership with the MassHire Lowell Career Center, whose commitment to the project was crucial to our successful application. We are 1 of only 9 housing authorities across the country, and the only housing authority in Massachusetts to be funded for this exciting opportunity. This funding award will support the job-ready residents of LHA’s 524- unit, North Common Village family development.

Dr. Gary Wallace, Executive Director for the Lowell Housing Authority expressed the significance of this award to North Common Village. “I’m so proud of the agency and our community partners for achieving this award. This is an exciting opportunity for our North Common Village residents to increase their earned income and become self-sufficient by connecting them to employment, education, and financial services.”

Lowell Housing Authority’s Vice Chairperson, Philip L. Shea, commented that “receiving this $2,300,000 Federal Grant is a great opportunity for work-able residents living in a public housing development such as North Common Village—the property where I grew up as a young man. Residents will receive educational and vocational training in order to help them get a good paying job with transportation and day care assistance. The Lowell Housing Authority, under the leadership of our Executive Director, Dr. Gary Wallace, will work with our 9 key partners to organize and start the 3-year program.”

Implementation of this grant requires a community-based approach, and the agency is grateful to our community partners who will be integral to the success of this program. Thank you to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for their confidence in our agency. The LHA would also like to thank our dedicated community partners, who without their support, this program would not be possible. We look forward to working with you to provide economic opportunities for our residents.

Lowell Housing Authority Jobs Plus Community Partnerships

        • Mass Hire Lowell Career Center
        • Coalition for a Better Acre
        • Girls Inc.
        • Community Teamwork
        • The Frederick A. Abisi Adult Education Center
        • Lowell General Hospital
        • Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union
        • UTEC-Breaking Barriers to Youth Success
        • Middlesex Community College

For more information about the Lowell Housing Authority’s Job Plus grant award, and the other HUD award recipients, please visit: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/documents/FY19JobsPlusProjectSummaries.pdf

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