Boston Housing Authority requests $4M allocation from city
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Housing Authority has requested a one-time allocation of $4 million to bridge a federal funding gap and keep public safety officers posted at buildings housing the elderly and disabled.
The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/2bMUz36 ) Mayor Martin Walsh supports the request and city council is expected to approve the allocation from Boston’s surplus property distribution fund on Wednesday.
BHA administrator Bill McGonagle says the money will cover one year of wages and benefits for 56 unarmed officers who make patrols and check guests in at the authority’s residences.
Katie Hammer, Boston’s budget director, says the city has offered to help fund the BHA’s efforts to improve public safety in the past. Former Mayor Thomas Menino allocated a $2.15 million budget supplement to the authority in 2007.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com