Chelsea Housing Authority Under Harsh Media Glare and Investigation

First came the startling revelation made last Wednesday of the $360,000 yearly salary Chelsea Housing Authority Executive Director Mike McLaughlin was being paid.

Mike packed up and prepared to leave but not before the CHA board met to order the CHA accountant to cut Mike a series of checks totaling $200,000.

With those checks in hand, the accountant who wrote them, the duo took off for a trip to a local bank where Mike cashed one check worth more than $80,0000.

This series of events has been followed by the resignation of nearly all the members of the CHA board. Only one member hasn’t resigned as of Monday afternoon.

Investigators and state and federal agents of every kind have descended on the authority’s offices, securing computers and information and checking for shredded documents while McLaughlin has become persona non grata.

Government officials outraged by McLaughlin’s salary and his possible pension, reported to be near $280,000 a year, are preparing efforts to strip McLaughlin of his $200,000 severance and the pension as well – although first glances by a variety of agencies have failed to turn up wrongdoing.

Locally, some tenants of CHA apartments have spoken out about how poorly their units have been managed and maintained, which doesn’t fit with glowing HUD recommendations of the CHA made repeatedly over the years of McLaughlin’s rule.

More to follow…

6 comments for “Chelsea Housing Authority Under Harsh Media Glare and Investigation

  1. Anonymous
    November 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    what I’d like to know is… why is it that the residents of Chelsea Housing Authority pay 33% of their income while other housing authorities (i.e. Evertt, Malden etc.) tenants pay the norm of around 30% ?? I think this should also be investigated thoroughly as it’s always seemed very suspicious.

  2. Anonymous
    November 9, 2011 at 10:25 am

    The Chelsea Housing Authority did away with Chris Fagone’s job as an inspector due to funding and then had the Leased Housing Department doing the inspections on top of their already busy schedule, yet, McLaughlin was pulling in $360,000. a year!!!  I can also remember a tenant getting thrown off housing for not reporting her full income, it was a $500.00 discrepancy that she was willing to pay back but they threw her off the program, how ironic!

  3. Anonymous
    November 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    The CHA is raising peoples rent from $100 to $200 more and they said is the 30% I don’t think so, they are doing this to pay the Director of Housing, and sometimes the money order get loss and they want you to pay right away that money if not they throw you out and they are the ones loosing the money order .

  4. Anonymous
    November 10, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    i live in chelsea housing for 30 years paying 33% of my income for rent all other housing authorty only pay 30% please find out why and we need to get that 3% back to all of us  with intrest please get back to me where did that money go thank you

  5. Anonymous
    November 10, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    a lady was told to get rid of her dog because it was over 20 lbs she got a public defender sued the chelsea authorty got 70000.00 kept her dog and every one else had to get rid of pets that were over 20lbs was   McLaughlin in on that one too and she still lives here and saying i got over on the chelsea housing authority

  6. Anonymous
    November 10, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I just read that Al Ewing is now in charge of the Chelsea Housing Authority, Why not just give the job to James Mcnicols or even better, Linda T . If this is in fact true , why bother asking Mclaughlin to resign? These are his people!! I find it very hard to believe that they did not know what was going on.

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