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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 activities for the quarter, director's monthly reports, general statements of goals and objectives, financial statements, minutes of council and executive committee meetings, reports of and minutes of meetings of task forces representing housing projects, and accounts of meetings with state and federal housing officials. Topics include tenant selection, tenant complaints, maintenance and repair of housing projects, modernization plans, and election of council and task force members.

Dates

  • 1973-1980

Creator

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.

Source: Massachusetts State Archives catalog record

Extent

1.0 Cubic feet (1 record carton)

Language of Materials

English

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Boston Housing Authority records were transferred to the City Archives from the Massachusetts State Archives on January 26, 2010.

Title
Tenants Policy Council quarterly reports
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Repository Details

Part of the City of Boston Archives Repository

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