Malden public housing residents ordered to move
City defends action, citing need to upgrade accessibility
When the Malden Public Housing Authority slipped the notice under her door last week, 91-year-old Gladys Haynes asked friends to pray for her. Delivered on two sheets of paper and with little explanation, Haynes, who has lived in the public housing complex at 630 Salem St. for the last two decades, was informed she would have to move out by the end of January. ”I’ve known people here for 20 years. Those things are priceless. What reason would I have to move?” Her unit, steps from an elevator, is slated for renovation, part of a pledge to the Department of Housing and Urban Development the city made three years ago to bring all of Malden public housing buildings into compliance with federal handicap accessibility law. In all, 36 notices to vacate were delivered to residents Nov. 30, according to a copy of the memo obtained by the Globe.