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Natick Housing Authority and its residents sign agreement, look forward

Posted by Megan McKee  October 15, 2010 03:04 PM

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Residents of Cedar Gardens, the Natick Housing Authority Board, and housing authority staff Thursday night signed a memorandum of understanding outlining grievance procedures at the complex which had been the site of numerous complaints from residents worried about their safety and sub-par maintenance early this year.

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Housing board chair Gina Govoni signing the memorandum.

George Ross, who heads the Cedar Gardens Tenants Organization, said 38 residents from the 260-unit apartment complex operated by the Housing Authority turned out for the signing, an event that was four years in the making.

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Cedar Gardens resident Val Beranyk and George Ross.

The 16-page memorandum outlines policies and procedures at the Housing Authority as well as grievance procedures, among other issues.

The state has been involved with improving maintenance at the public housing complex, and two new board members were elected in Natick’s annual town election. These developments, coupled with the apparent agreement on the memorandum of understanding, represent huge improvements in the quality of life for Cedar Gardens residents, according to Ross.

Members of the housing authority board as well as Ross have expressed optimism and hope about the future of the Natick Housing Authority, while acknowledging that improvements still need to be made.

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Housing Authority executive director Ed Santos signing.


Megan McKee can be reached at megan.mckee@gmail.com.

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