TELL US: Abolish the Woburn Housing Authority?

Doing away with local housing boards is reported to be Gov. Patrick's idea for slashing public housing cost and corruption. Do you think that's a good idea?


The Woburn Housing Authority, one of 240 public housing authorities across Massachusetts, would all but vanish as part of what is a proposal from Gov. Deval Patrick to streamline public housing management operations.

The purpose of local housing authorities is to manage and maintain subsidized housing and, often, to advocate for affordable housing for lower-income residents.

The administration reportedly estimates the consolidation would save more than $10 million a year in salaries and administrative costs.

According to the Boston Globe, while Gov. Patrick's proposal would centralize public housing management into six regional ­offices, a small number of managers and maintenance workers would remain at local housing author­ities.

And, says the Globe, cutting local boards would would do away with the need for more than 1,000 politically appointed commissioners.

The consolidation move comes in the wake of troubling corruption scandals uncovered by the Globe, which were partly possible because holding hundreds of separate housing authorities accountable is a management challenge.

What we know so far of the governor's proposal sounds like a move toward more accountable, efficient governemnt. But would it also mean less local say and control over public housing in Woburn? Does that matter to you? What could and should change if control is transferred to regional offices?

Pat January 11, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Regional offices for public housing make sense. It will save money with on salary of these housing managers. It should also cut costs of these junkets that housing board are always taking.
Earnhardt January 11, 2013 at 05:08 PM
I don't think anyone on the Woburn Housing authority has been taking and "Junkets" If it goes regional, the tenants will have to call the local office in some other town or city where the Regional Office would be located. It may take days to get say, a Clogged drain fixed. The way it is now,they call the Woburn Authority and it gets fixed quickly.
mark patterson January 11, 2013 at 08:06 PM
I see the housing authority men working all the time.They do a lot more than people realize.Maybe Cadillac Deval should concentrate on reigning in the out of control EBT abusers and keep his nose out of local affairs.While he's at it,maybe they should institute drug and alcohol testing for the EBT users.If it's good enough for public employees then it's good enough for all receipients of public money.That goes for management and legislators,too!
Pat January 11, 2013 at 11:20 PM
I know for a fact that the Woburn Housing board members take Junkets. I know a member and he takes at least four trip a year to places like Disney, Cal, the cape and Vt to name a few. Deval is not talking about housing men but he is talking about management.
Earnhardt January 12, 2013 at 03:04 AM
If you know that for a fact Pat, then you need to take it to the Mayor, Or is he on a junket also? I sincerely doubt your claim, But as i said, take the proof to the Mayor ASAP. The taxpayers will all appreciate your diligence.
Pat January 12, 2013 at 04:46 AM
The housing is not a city board. The mayor appoints a board members, so does the governor and one is a tenant rep.
Earnhardt January 13, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Then it is your duty to report it, If in fact, you know it to be true.


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