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Boston Housing Authority

 Organization

Historical note

The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) was established by order of the Boston City Council on October 1, 1935, pursuant to St. 1935, c. 449, s. 5 which empowered cities and towns of Massachusetts to establish housing authorities. Such a body is responsible for providing decent, safe and sanitary housing for families unable to afford housing without public subsidies and for clearing substandard, decadent or blighted open areas under the provisions of MGLA c. 121B. To carry out these responsibilities BHA develops and manages housing projects and leases housing when necessary. It also performed the functions of an urban redevelopment authority until such a body was established separately pursuant to St. 1957, c. 150. The management and governance of the BHA has deviated from that of other housing authorities since 1975, when BHA was sued in Boston City Housing Court by a group of BHA tenants, represented by Greater Boston Legal Serives, over poor conditions in housing projects under the authority's control. As a reult of the ruling in favor of the tenants, a court-appointed master prepared a report listing recommendations that provided the basis for a consent decree signed in 1977 by BHA, Greater Boston Legal Services and the Boston Public Housing Tenants Policy Council. The decree detailed a series of improvements that BHA was to make over the course of three years. The master, responsible for monitoring BHA's compliance with the consent decree, gave approval for all major decisions made by the BHA board and administrator. In 1979, the judge ruled that BHA had failed saisfactorily to fulfill the terms of the consent decree and BHA was placed in receivership, with its board of commissioners and administrator replaced by a court-appointed receiver. Since 1990, when the receivership ended, BHA has been directed by an administrator whose activities are reviewed by a nine member monitoring committee appointed by the mayor of Boston.

Found in 23 Collections and/or Records:

Administrative files of the court-appointed master

 Series
Identifier: 9000.009
Scope and Contents Since 1935 the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) has been responsible for planning, building, and managing housing for low-income families and the elderly in Boston, Massachusetts, with financial assistance from state and federal agencies. As the result of a suit brought against BHA in the Housing Court of the City of Boston, the court in 1975 appointed a master to oversee BHA's management. Administrative files of the court-appointed master were created and maintained by the master in carrying out ...

Administrative files of the Receiver

 Series
Identifier: 9000.007
Scope and Contents Since 1935 the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) has been responsible for planning, building, and managing housing for low-income families and the elderly in Boston, Massachusetts, with financial assistance from state and federal agencies. Following a lawsuit brought in the Housing Court of the City of Boston, a master was appointed in 1975, a consent decree was issued in 1977, and a receiver was appointed by the Superior Court for Suffolk County in 1980 to administer BHA. Administrative subject ...

Auditor's reports

 Collection
Identifier: 9000.019
Scope and Contents Since 1935 the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) has been responsible for planning, building, and managing housing for low-income families and the elderly in Boston, Massachusetts, with financial assistance from state and federal agencies. Auditor's reports are prepared by the Dept. of the State Auditor after its examination of the finances of BHA pursuant to MGLA c 121B, s 29. Also included is the audit report for the State Housing Board (1950-1951) as well as some correspondence between the ...

Board of Commissioners administrative files

 Series
Identifier: 9000.005
Scope and Contents Since 1935 the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) has been responsible for planning, building, and managing housing for low-income families and the elderly in Boston, Massachusetts, with financial assistance from state and federal agencies. Until 1980, when BHA was placed in receivership, overall policy- and decision-making power was vested in its board of commissioners. Board of commissioners administrative files were created by the board in carrying out its responsibilities. Files contain ...

Boston Housing Authority annual reports

 Collection
Identifier: 9000.017
Scope and Contents note This series includes the annual reports of the Boston Housing Authority from 1936-1981 with gaps. The annual report of the activities, receipts and expenditures were submitted to the State Housing Board, State Auditor and the Mayor of the City of Boston in accordance with the law. This series also includes two semi-annual reports of the Receiver that were submitted to Suffolk Superior Court in accordance with the reporting requirements of the Order of Appointment of Receiver entered in the case ...

Boston Housing Authority proceedings

 Collection
Identifier: 9000.001
Scope and Contents note

This collection contains the proceedings of the Boston Housing Authority from 1936-1974. The collection is comprised of 61 volumes in 11 boxes and includes minutes, personnel schudules, bids for construction and furnishing, reports, and housing developement plans.

Central administrative files

 Series
Identifier: 9000.002
Scope and Contents Since 1935 the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) has been responsible for planning, building, and managing housing for low-income families and the elderly in Boston, Massachusetts, with financial assistance from state and federal agencies. Central administrative files are those of the chief administrator and staff, who were responsible for overseeing the daily operations of BHA and carrying out policies and programs approved by the authority's board of commissioners until 1980, when the authority ...

Central Board Meeting files

 Series
Identifier: 9000.004
Scope and Contents Since 1935 the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) has been responsible for planning, building, and managing housing for low-income families and the elderly in Boston, Massachusetts, with financial assistance from state and federal agencies. Until 1980, when BHA was placed in receivership, overall policy- and decision-making power was vested in its board of commissioners, while responsibility for daily administration was vested in an administrator and staff. The administrator attended regular ...

Central Housing Project files

 Collection
Identifier: 9000.006
Scope and Contents note This series includes the central files of the staff of the Boston Housing Authority on the individual housing developments under their control. The files are arranged under the authority establishing the developments and within those categories by each development project. The Federally-Aided Developments for Families of Low Income were established under the U.S. Housing Act of 1937, as amended and were constructed between 1938 and 1973. The State-Aided Developments for Veterans' Families or ...

Central Legislative files

 Collection
Identifier: 9000.003
Scope and Contents note The Central Legislative files include copies of legislation and correspondence relating to public housing in general and the Boston Housing Authority. This collection is divided into 3 series: Federal Legislation, State Legislation and internal legislation of the Boston Housing Authority. The original order and file names were retained. The files are generally chronological within each series.

CETA program files

 Collection
Identifier: 9000.016
Scope and Contents Since 1935 the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) has been responsible for planning, building, and managing housing for low-income families and the elderly in Boston, Massachusetts, with financial assistance from state and federal agencies. Beginning in l975, BHA participated in the CETA (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) program by which the federal government subsidized jobs for unskilled and minority workers. The program was administered through the Public Service Employment Program of ...

Consent decree files of the court-appointed master

 Series
Identifier: 9000.010
Scope and Contents Since 1935 the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) has been responsible for planning, building, and managing housing for low-income families and the elderly in Boston, Massachusetts, with financial assistance from state and federal agencies. As the result of a suit brought against BHA in the Housing Court of the City of Boston, the court in 1975 appointed a master to oversee BHA's management. Consent decree files of the court-appointed master were created and maintained by the master in carrying out ...

Correspondence files of the court-appointed master

 Series
Identifier: 9000.012
Scope and Contents Since 1935 the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) has been responsible for planning, building, and managing housing for low-income families and the elderly in Boston, Massachusetts, with financial assistance from state and federal agencies. As the result of a suit brought against BHA in the Housing Court of the City of Boston, the court in 1975 appointed a master to oversee BHA's management. Correspondence files of the court-appointed master were created and maintained as a result of orders issued ...

Court-appointed master's draft report to Housing Court of the City of Boston

 Series
Identifier: 9000.008
Scope and Contents Since 1935 the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) has been responsible for planning, building, and managing housing for low-income families and the elderly in Boston, Massachusetts, with financial assistance from state and federal agencies. As the result of a suit brought against BHA in the Housing Court of the City of Boston, the court in 1975 appointed a master to oversee BHA's management. The master's draft report to the court was prepared pursuant to an order dated May 22, 1975, stipulating ...

Housing project files of the court-appointed master

 Series
Identifier: 9000.011
Scope and Contents Since 1935 the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) has been responsible for planning, building, and managing housing for low-income families and the elderly in Boston, Massachusetts, with financial assistance from state and federal agencies. As the result of a suit brought against BHA in the Housing Court of the City of Boston, the court in 1975 appointed a master to oversee BHA's management. Housing project files of the court-appointed master were created by the master's office to monitor BHA's ...

Personnel administrative files

 Series
Identifier: 9000.013
Scope and Contents Since 1935 the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) has been responsible for planning, building, and managing housing for low-income families and the elderly in Boston, Massachusetts, with financial assistance from state and federal agencies. Following a lawsuit brought in the Housing Court of the City of Boston, a master was appointed in 1975, a consent decree was issued in 1977, and a receiver was appointed by the Superior Court for Suffolk County in 1980 to administer BHA. Personnel administration ...

Reports and publications relating to public housing

 Collection
Identifier: 9000.018
Scope and Contents note This series is a collection of reports and publications relating to public housing kept with the Boston Housing Authority central files. Includes handbooks, pamphlets, reports, articles, newsletters, etc. The publications are arranged chronologically with undated material at the end.

Tenant Services Housing Project files

 Collection
Identifier: 9000.015
Scope and Contents note This series includes files kept on each housing development by the Tenant Services Office of the Boston Housing Authority. Files include correspondence, memos, reports, etc. concerning management issues, building issues and tenant relations and concerns. Several files did not contain any records. These files have been left in place and marked as "empty folder".

Tenant Services subject files

 Collection
Identifier: 9000.014
Scope and Contents note This series includes the subject files of the Tenant Services Office of the Boston Housing Authority from 1973-1982. Records include correspondence, memorandum, reports, pamphlets etc. relating to tenant services. The files are arranged alphabetically and original folder titles have been retained. The files begin with the letter "C". It is unclear what may have happened to any files for "A-B" subjects. Some files do not contain any records. The folder have been left in place and marked "empty ...

Tenants Policy Council quarterly reports

 Collection
Identifier: 9000.020
Scope and Contents Since 1935 the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) has been responsible for planning, building, and managing housing for low-income families and the elderly in Boston, Massachusetts, with financial assistance from state and federal agencies. Quarterly reports were submitted to BHA by the Boston Public Housing Tenants Policy Council, which was incorporated in 1968 to serve as a liaison between tenants of Boston public housing projects and BHA management. Included in reports are a summary of ...