Police Officers Living in Public Housing (Lynn Housing Authority)

Joshua Dankoff filed this request with the Lynn Housing Authority of Lynn, MA.
Multi Request Police Officers Living in Public Housing
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From: Joshua Dankoff

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

1. Rules, policies, or other practice documents from your municipality and/or agency that lay out whether police department staff (including officers) can receive housing subsidies and/or live in public housing, even if they do not qualify under the income guidelines.

3. Records that indicate for each year from 2016 through 2021 how many police department staff (including officers and staff of all ranks) live in public housing, and the name of the housing development where the officer lives. This can either be a snapshot on January 1st of each year 2016 through 2021, or a summary of the entire period. I am not interested in the names of officers, but rather (1) whether there is a program that exists to allow police officers/staff to live in public housing (outside of income requirements), and (2) the extent of this program, ie whether and how many police officers/staff have lived in public housing during the time period mentioned above.

4. Records that indicate housing allowances or other subsidized housing (not already covered in question 3 above) provided to police department staff (including officers and command staff) from the housing authority.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.

I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Joshua Dankoff

From: Lynn Housing Authority

Dear Mr. Dankoff:
Though LHAND is able, by federal regulation, to amend an admissions policy to provide housing for police officers at our public housing sites in exchange for their presence at our sites, we do not do so, nor do we plan to do so. Additionally and though you did not ask, we do not have a police unit on site that works out of our housing authority, or even a unit that comes regularly to our properties just to check in.
LHAND maintains affordable housing for only those families who are income eligible. And though we have access to our tenant's general wage information for the purposes of calculating their household rent share, we do not keep tabs on their employment -annually we are able to recertify that they are income eligible to live in public housing but we don't keep a database of all of their sources of income, nor are we required to.

To be clear and answering your questions/FOIA request:

1. Rules, policies, or other practice documents from your municipality and/or agency that lay out whether police department staff (including officers) can receive housing subsidies and/or live in public housing, even if they do not qualify under the income guidelines. None

2. Records that indicate for each year from 2016 through 2021 how many police department staff (including officers and staff of all ranks) live in public housing, and the name of the housing development where the officer lives. This can either be a snapshot on January 1st of each year 2016 through 2021, or a summary of the entire period. I am not interested in the names of officers, but rather (1) whether there is a program that exists to allow police officers/staff to live in public housing (outside of income requirements), and (2) the extent of this program, ie whether and how many police officers/staff have lived in public housing during the time period mentioned above. None

3. Records that indicate housing allowances or other subsidized housing (not already covered in question 3 above) provided to police department staff (including officers and command staff) from the housing authority. None
If you have any other questions, please let me know. I am very interested in the responses you receive and am curious as to whether other Housing Authorities do this.

Thanks,
Carly

Carly McClain, Esq.
Executive Counsel
Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development
10 Church St. Lynn, MA 01902
TEL: (781) 581-8632
Fax: 781.581.8672

Due to the public health crisis, LHAND will be closed to the public until further notice.

From: Joshua Dankoff

Dear Ms. McClain,
Thank you for the prompt and clear response.
Wishing you the best,
Josh

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