Sweeping changes needed to curb abuses at local housing authorities
There are 242 public housing authorities in Massachusetts. Not all serve as convenient hiding places for corrupt managers. But there are enough signs of trouble to suggest that state lawmakers need to change the laws governing the appointments of directors and boards of commissioners. The Medford Housing Authority is the latest agency to fall under the scrutiny of state and federal investigators. It, and the recent scandal at Chelsea’s housing authority, are warning signs of a system prone to corruption.