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BHA Administrator: “Just a Kid from Southie”

by MUPHT at BHA

BHA Administrator, Bill McGonagle, talks leadership and his own experiences growing up in public housing.

In continuing to recognize individuals as leaders with passions to serve others at the BHA, many consider BHA’s own Administrator, Bill McGonagle, to be a sympathetic leader—demonstrating sincerity and concern for residents since stepping into the top spot in 2009.

However, according to McGonagle, his passion to lead and serve is not just rooted in his professional resume, which is filled with roles in human service, but also derives from experiences he gained while growing up in BHA’s very own Mary Ellen McCormack Public Housing development in South Boston.

Born and raised in a large Irish-Catholic family, McGonagle lived in a small apartment with his five brothers and sisters. Although his family possessed little financially, McGonagle recognized at an early age, the importance of family and community. His fondest childhood memories included bonding with his two brothers at the beach in the summer and being an altar boy at Saint Monica and Augustine Catholic Church at Mass on Sunday mornings.

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Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants 2019 Fall Convention

by MUPHT at 2019 Fall Convention

The Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants Policy Board and Staff would like to announce its 2019 Fall Convention to be held, October 19, 2019. This event will be hosted at the Four Point Hotel, 1125 Providence Turnpike, Norwood MA 02360.

Convention Theme: Preserve our homes and rights

Now is the time to start planning for the Fall Convention. Schedule your request for funding at your Local Resident Council, Local Housing Authority (LHA), or plan a Fundraising event to help cover the cost of the convention.

Download links:

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Broad Coalition Urges Judiciary Committee to Pass Right to Counsel

by MUPHT at Right to Counsel

On Tuesday, the Judiciary Committee held its hearing on Right to Counsel bills. It was standing room only. There was strong testimony from tenants, housing advocates, municipal leaders, and legislators. Many others submitted written testimony.

See who was in the roomBroad Coalition Urges Judiciary Committee to Pass Right to Counsel

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Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants 2019 Spring Convention

by MUPHT at 2019 Spring Convention

The Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants Policy Board and Staff would like to announce its 2019 Spring Convention will take place on April 12 – 14, at the Four Point Hotel, 1125 Providence Turnpike, Norwood MA 02360.

Convention Theme: Resident Collaboration with Housing Management.

Now is the time to start planning for the Spring Convention. Schedule your request for funding at your Local Resident Council, Local Housing Authority (LHA), or plan a Fundraising event to help cover the cost of the convention.

Download links for the 2019 convention agenda, registration, and affiliation forms:

Agenda for 2019 Spring Convention

Registration for 2019 Spring Convention

2019 Affiliation Dues MUPHT

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Mass NAHRO Conference

by MUPHT at Mass NAHRO Conference

Joint Committee on Housing passes H.4981 (Housing Authority Tenant Board Member in towns)

Attached is the final power point that Jack and Annette presented at the MassNAHRO conference on Tuesday December 4 about how LHAs can “encourage and assist” residents in forming LTO’s and where the line is in terms of what they should not do. The slide show was based on a feedback from residents who participated on Public Housing Training program zoom calls

PPTX: MassNAHRO.pptx

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FY2019 Budget Priorities

by MUPHT at CHAPA, Citizens Housing & Planning Association

Citizens Housing & Planning Association (CHAPA) has released their FY2019 budget priorities for the coming year.

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How Congressman Dennis Ross plans to raise rent on HUD assisted homes

by MUPHT at HUD U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

A bill from Congressman Dennis Ross would allow large rent increases for low-income people assisted through the Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing programs and properties converted by public housing agencies to Project-Based Rental Assistance, including working families, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

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The Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants (MUPHT) Chairman laid to rest

by MUPHT at MUPHT

“It is with great sorrow that we mourn the loss of a true hero for all of Public Housing, and a great friend of all who knew him”, said Jack Cooper, executive director of The Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants (MUPHT).

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Secretary Ben Carson proposes far-reaching changes to federal housing subsidies

by MUPHT at HUD U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson proposed far-reaching changes to federal housing subsidies Wednesday, tripling rent for the poorest households and making it easier for housing authorities to impose work requirements.

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