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Central control urged for state’s housing authorities

A commission appointed by Governor Deval Patrick is calling for more centralized control over the state’s 242 local housing authorities in the wake of scandals that forced the resignation of housing chiefs in Chelsea and Medford.

The commission, chaired by Patrick’s undersecretary for housing, called for the creation of a statewide property management system that would provide expertise and oversight for the housing authorities, especially smaller ones. The Public Housing Commission for Sustainability and Reform also called for each housing authority to undergo independent financial reviews annually and for board members to get training in how to do their jobs.

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