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Raymond vs. Goliath

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Call it the case of Raymond vs. Goliath. And while we're fairly sure Goliath wins all the technical rounds and points, there's no question that popular opinion, common sense, and the good of public housing residents is on the side of the underdog. Read more...

Documents suggest WHA work program violated federal regs

Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Worcester Telegram & Gazette

WORCESTER — For the past 19 months, the Worcester Housing Authority has been running a work-incentive program with an eviction clause that violates federal policy, documents show, and is being questioned by federal officials about whether it properly disclosed the nature of the initiative. "They're an 18-wheeler coming down the highway and we're a potted plant," WHA Executive Director Raymond V. Mariano told his Board of Commissioners this month, calling the government's probe "retaliation" for a separate September dust-up between the agencies. Read more...

Program participants say "A Better Life" needs teeth

Saturday, November 29, 2014 - Worcester Telegram & Gazette

WORCESTER — Gloria Piracci, Anna Burzenski and Aurea Salas aren't experts on public policy or federal regulations. They aren't involved in the struggle between the Worcester Housing Authority and the federal government regarding A Better Life. But they have all counted themselves program participants, and say they're convinced an eviction clause is a necessary component. Read more...

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