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Senator seeks Chelsea inquiry

Aides’ low rents prompt questions

An influential US senator is demanding a full explanation for why the Chelsea Housing Authority permits three managers to live in public housing projects almost rent-free when there are not enough subsidized apartments for the city’s low-income residents.

Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, the senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told federal housing officials that he is troubled by a recent Globe report describing the policy that allows authority employees making $50,000 a year to live in public housing for $25 in monthly rent.

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