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Mass. Housing Officials Seek 'Sensible' Reform

Representatives of local public housing authorities are calling for a less dramatic overhaul of their operations than what has been proposed by Gov. Deval Patrick.

The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials plans to meet with legislators at the State House on Monday.

Patrick filed a reform bill in January that would eliminate 240 public housing authorities around Massachusetts and replace them with six regional housing agencies. The governor said in filing the legislation that it would save money while helping rid the public housing system of corruption.

Local officials are supporting a competing bill which they say would streamline and consolidate operations of housing authorities while retaining local governance and oversight. They call it a "common sense reform proposal."

This program aired on March 4, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.

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