Receiver Named for Housing Authority: Investigation Ongoing

Judith Weber, a housing expert from Newton, has been appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court, to head the Chelsea Housing Authority as its receiver.

In a hearing held before a single justice Monday morning, Weber was made the first receiver in CHA history.

An assistant attorney general recommended her for Martha Coakley’s office and in a matter of a few minutes, that bit of business was done and her nomination was approved.

“I’m pleased the court took this action to stabilize and to address issues involved with the ongoing investigation  into wrongdoing at the authority by naming Ms. Weber,” said City Manager Jay Ash.

“I am looking forward to speaking with her and will aid her in every way. I’ve already placed a call to her,” Ash said Monday afternoon.

Weber is presently employed by VIVA Consulting of Cambridge. She has worked in many capacities for a variety of housing authorities across the nation during a long career, most recently with the Cambridge Housing Authority, on its assets based management organization design.

In short, she is an expert at training staff and projecting budgets as well as leading resident income certification and recertification.

She has also consulted with the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and presently serves on the public housing committee of the Commonwealth Housing Task Force.

She considers herself an expert at reviewing organizational operations in public housing authorities, especially where there was a failure to comply.

She received a BA from New York University in 1968. She served in the Peace Corps as an elementary school teacher in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

She also worked for a year in the office of the late Congressman Joseph Moakley.

She has served as a director of the Boston YWCA and is Director and Vice President of the Newton Community Development Foundation.

Weber is expected to be the authority receiver for at least 90 days, at which time she will report to the SJC to detail authority’s needs vis a vis the outcome of the various investigations underway.

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