The daily reality of living in Brookline Housing Authority properties continues to be far different from the stated goals of the BHA. The BHA says that it “provides low-income families, seniors and people of all abilities with safe, decent, accessible and affordable places to live in a community rich with opportunities.” It also says that it “works in collaboration with government and civic organizations to support and encourage the well-being and economic self-sufficiency of BHA residents; to sustain a divers population in Brookline; and to maintain attractive residential neighborhoods.”
Many residents live in a far different reality than that described by BHA. The pictures below are what I observed while visiting BHA properties this past month (April, 2019). What I saw is unacceptable for a town like Brookline. We have a duty to improve housing for our most vulnerable, and provide them with a safe place to live.