Commissioner of Labor and Industries Vs. Lawrence Housing Authority & Another, 358 Mass. 202
08/12/1970 Posted By: Corwin & Corwin LLP
Citation: 358 Mass. 202
Parties: COMMISSIONER OF LABOR AND INDUSTRIES vs. LAWRENCE HOUSING AUTHORITY & another 1 (and a companion case 2).
Hearing Date: March 6, 1970
Decision Date: August 12, 1970
Judges: WILKINS, C.J., SPALDING, KIRK, REARDON, & QUIRICO, JJ.
The authority given by the Legislature to local housing authorities to cooperate with the Federal government in housing projects is sufficiently broad to encompass the utilization of a procedure, known as “turnkey housing,” developed by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for providing low-rent public housing.  A local housing authority, in cooperating with the Federal government in developing a “turnkey” low-rent housing project pursuant to G. L. c. 121, Section 26P (a), (b), acted as agent of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in performing a Federal function.  The minimum wage provisions of G. L. c. 149, Sections 26-27D, and the competitive bidding provisions of Sections 44A-44L, did not apply to a proposed federally assisted low-rent housing project to be carried out in a city by a developer, the local housing authority, and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in accordance with a
procedure, known as “turnkey housing,” developed by the department.
TWO BILLS IN EQUITY filed in the Superior Court on June 23, 1969.
The suits were heard by Kalus, J.