LHA Awarded Over $400k in Grant Funding


Dear Friends,

Over the last few weeks, the agency has been busy closing the books on another year of administering housing and support services for our residents. While we were focusing on our final reports, we were pleasantly surprised with some exciting news that we would like to share with you.

The LHA is pleased to announce that the agency has been recently awarded 28 Mainstream Vouchers by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), an award of $285K. These vouchers will be utilized to provide permanent housing to non-elderly persons with disabilities, and who are at risk of institutionalization or homelessness. The Mainstream Voucher program further assists disabled persons achieve stable, independent living by encouraging community collaboration between housing providers like the LHA and support service providers to connect voucher holders with essential services. We look forward to continuing to work with our community partners to provide our new residents with the services they require to achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency.

In addition to being awarded funding for stable housing for disabled persons, our agency was notified that we would be a recipient of a $116K HUD Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security Program grant. These funds will enable the agency to make physical safety and security improvements to our properties in an effort to reduce crime in the community. The LHA applied for the grant in 2017, and was part of a lottery in 2017 to receive this significant funding award. The agency was the only public housing authority (PHA) in Massachusetts to get the award, and only 1 of 8 PHA’s to be selected across the country. The agency will be using these funds to install more sophisticated security equipment and facilitate upgrades at our developments. With these improvements, we will be able to respond more efficiently to reports of criminal activity in and around our developments to ensure the safety of all of our residents.