Board of Commissioners

The operations of the Chelsea Housing Authority is overseen by a Board of Commissioners consisting of five individuals. Four commissioners are appointed by the City Manager and one commissioner is appointed by the Governor. Click here to view the By-Laws of the Chealsea Housing Authority.

Board Meetings are typically held the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Administrative office at 54 Locke Street at 8:30 am. Meetings are open to the general public. Special Meetings are scheduled from time to time and may or may not be open to the public. Meeting minutes are taken at ALL meetings and are available to the public once they are approved. To submit items to be included in the upcoming meeting agenda, email Albert Ewing or call our offices at least two business days prior to the scheduled meeting.

By-Laws of the Chelsea Housing Authority

COVID-19 Emergency Response:

Implementation of Governor’s Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, Governor Baker issued an emergency Order on March 12, 2020, allowing public bodies greater flexibility in utilizing technology in the conduct of meetings under the Open Meeting Law. The Chelsea Housing Authority greatly values the participation of its citizens in the public meeting process, but given the current circumstances and recommendations at both the state and federal levels to limit or avoid public gatherings, including Governor Baker’s ban on gatherings of more than 25 people, together with the present closure of Chelsea Housing Authority and other public buildings to the public, the Chelsea Housing Authority has decided to implement the “remote participation” procedures allowed under Governor Baker’s emergency Order for all boards, committees, and commissions. This means that:

  1. All or any of the members of the public body may choose to participate in a public meeting via remote access. Meetings may be virtual, in their entirety.
  2. The public will not be allowed into a Board/Committee meeting, even where there are any members of the public body and/or [city/town] staff or official(s) physically present at the meeting location during the meeting. “Public comment” portions of meetings will be temporarily suspended.
  3. However, the public will be provided with alternative access through which they can watch or listen to meetings “in real time,” and meeting notices will specify the manner in which members of the public may access audio or video of the meeting as it is occurring.
  4. If, despite our best efforts, our technological capabilities do not adequately support public access to virtual or remote meetings, the Chelsea Housing Authority will ensure that an audio or video recording, transcript, or other comprehensive record of the proceedings at the meeting is posted on the CHA’s website as soon as possible after the meeting.
  5. Notices for public hearings will contain additional information about how the public may participate via electronic/technological means.
  6. For executive session meetings, public access to the meeting will be limited to the open session portion(s) of the meeting only. Public access to any audio, video, internet or web-based broadcast of the meeting will be discontinued when the public body enters executive session.
  7. Where individuals have a right, or are required, to attend a public meeting or hearing, including executive session meetings, they will be provided with information about how to participate in the meeting/hearing remotely.
  8. Meeting notices will still be posted at least 48 hours in advance (not counting Saturdays, Sundays, or legal holidays), unless it is an emergency meeting as defined under the Open Meeting Law (in which event, the meeting notice will be posted with as much advanced notice as is possible in the circumstances). Minutes will still be taken.
Name Position
Bertram Taverna Chair
Barbara Salisbury Vice Chair
Juan Vega State Appointee
Betzaida Acevedo Resident Member
Antonio Hernandez Asst. Treasurer