In 2017, the Lowell Housing Authority established a commitment through a Board resolution to conduct more effective outreach in the Acre neighborhood to open doors to employment opportunities for the residents who call this section of the City home. This is an initiative encouraged by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and was supported by the Lowell Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners. The LHA ramped up its recruiting efforts this past summer and hired four new maintenance custodians, two of whom are from the Acre neighborhood. Our new maintenance employees will be responsible for ensuring our properties look their best, and bring with them diverse work experiences, including janitorial services, warehouse and machine operation, technology support, and landscaping which will be assets to the agency moving forward.
This summer the agency also hired a program manager to oversee our after-school program at our North Common Village property. Steven Doung—once a student of the Learning Zone—comes to the agency with experience in ESL instruction, financial literacy training, tutoring assistance, and has worked with children of all ages.
We are pleased to welcome Cheara Nhar and Seng Sao, who are residents of the Acre. We are also excited to welcome Joshua Kazanjian, Thomas Lafferty, and Joseph Sullivan to our maintenance team, and Steven Doung to our Family Self-Sufficiency Department. Hiring local further strengthens the LHA’s commitment as a proud partner in the Working Cities Initiative. The Working Cities Initiative is a collaborative organization between public and nonprofit organizations with collective goals to create opportunities in the Acre by increasing family sustaining wages, and facilitating economic growth in the community. We look forward to the many contributions our new employees will make to our agency, as we embark on another year of providing stable, affordable housing and quality support services for our residents.< PREVIOUS BACK TO ALL NEWS NEXT >