Governor's Proposal Expected to All But Abolish Beverly Housing Authority. What Do You Think?

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 Beverly Housing Authority, one of 240 public housing authorities across Massachusetts, would all but vanish as part of what is expected to be a proposal today 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 milliona 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 Beverly? Does that matter to you? What could and should change if control is transferred to regional offices?

Bill January 10, 2013 at 06:11 PM
I like it - centralize the corruption, graft and political favors. Seems more efficient.
Temperance Ropple January 12, 2013 at 07:06 PM
I have a friend on housing and she said the employees there already had their hours cut back BUT the enrollment is higher than ever with a very long waiting time. She has so many things to do every year to recertify, I can't imagine a centralize agency doing it all. And what about the loss of jobs...I think he needs to rethink this idea and come up with something better. I drive her to her annual recertification, and they just renovated the building. Suppose to accommodate more people and get the process moving faster. I guess the governor's plan would mean the recipients would have the burden of going further than they do now...and since I drive my friend, I am thinking many will have to find a way to get to a "centralized" location.
LocalMan January 14, 2013 at 07:28 PM
I'm skeptical. When was the last time the state saved money by taking over local services? And made it more efficient too? LOL These press articles, not this one, but there are so many out there that portray an entire system like this corrupt even though well less than 1% of the people working ever do anything wrong. To claim these rare corruption cases are justification for a massive overhaul like this is not believable. As if other sectors of society experience a zero % corruption rate. Keep local services as local as possible. I'd rather pay a little more for locally based services than less for an even bigger state government than we already have. This has become a disturbing trend lately IMO.


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