There was some speculation (in some cases it was hope) that after Gov. Patrick signed into law last year changes to the Housing Authority Boards that included changes to required financial reporting and board make-up that it might affect some local Housing races.
While it still looks like the state is changing the make up of Local Housing Authority Boards to have 3 elected, 1 tenant and 1 governor appointment members it doesn’t appear it will go into effect before the DHA elections.
Housing Authority’s that receive Federal funding in addition to State funding already are required to have a tenant rep.
I emailed the Mass Housing Authority and asked them about the changes to the board make-up and other rule changes and received the following response:
Amy Stitely passed along to me your questions regarding reforms to local housing authorities that were made last year.
· Reforms were passed in August 2014, however the new requirement will not take hold until the new regulations are promulgated. They are currently in development and it is still being considered whether tenant reps will be appointed or elected.
· By law, federal public housing units (such as Lowell) are already required to have a tenant representative on their board.
I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions.
Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
So it appears this year’s Election for Dracut Housing will indeed be held.