The Chelsea Housing authority doesn’t need a new board of directors. It doesn’t even need a housing authority. State law allows for regionalization of public housing agencies. The best solution would be to fold the management of Chelsea’s roughly 800 units of public housing and 600 subsidized rental certificates into Boston’s 26,000-unit portfolio. Bill McGonagle, the competent head of Boston’s public housing authority, earns $136,000 annually - about a quarter of a million dollars less than what McLaughlin was raking in.
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