ACT Governing Board election

ballots must be received by October 19

FRIDAY, September 20— In a few days, official ballots will be mailed to 5800 ACT households for the 2019 Governing Board election. Sixty-four candidates are on the ballot, competing for thirty seats on the Board. Ballots will be counted on Saturday, October 19. 

Mobile laundry for homeless

Hasson Rashid

MONDAY, JULY 22—This year, for the second time, I submitted "Laundry Truck(s) for the Homeless.” as a project idea in the Participatory Budgeting (PB) competition. I will ask Cambridge to vote for my PB Project idea, if it makes the final cut. I would like to introduce my PB project idea to Cambridge's public at large. Give the Cambridge’s homeless an opportunity to have clean clothes, to maintain a sense of dignity and to meet a basic human need. 

CHA—It's not just housing

[story being reviewed]

808-812 Memorial Drive Tenants

SATURDAY, JUNE 29—At its June 29 annual meeting, the 808-12 Memorial Drive Tenant Association discussed and voted on changes to the Association's bylaws. To read or download the revised bylaws please click here

State law against bullying?

FRIDAY, MAY 10—What is bullying? You usually think of a bully as young male who walks around with a few other guys and harrasses particular individuals. But “grown-ups” can be bullies too. In fact bullying is so common in housing for people over age 55 that it has led to calls for new laws to combat it.

Much ado about housing

bill cunningham

THURSDAY, APRIL 25—“Housing” is once again the hot topic in Cambridge and the Boston area. It is also in the spotlight around the country. There has not been this much talk about housing crisis for a long time. Indeed prices and rents are higher than they've ever been, being driven up—or rather pulled up—from the top. The wealthy have got much wealthier—and they are willing and able to pay almost any price for their digs. In turn the near-wealthy have to pay more too if they don’t want to be left behind in the prestige dust. Lower income and even middle income renter households are in a much worse position—they are being pushed out of their neighborhoods entirely. 

Does Airbnb Cause Rents to Rise?

Shelterforce staff

TUESDAY, February 19— Q: Does Airbnb Cause Rents to Increase?  A: Yes! Since hosts can make 50 to 200 percent more on short-term rentals than on long-term rentals, Airbnb affects purchase prices as well.

Board amends ACT bylaws

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11—The ACT Governing Board met on February 9 to vote on amendments to the group's bylaws, the first such changes since 2016. You may see the amended Bylaws here. Besides the proposals announced in advance, there was an additional amendment that had to be considered.

NOTICE: on February 9 the ACT Board will vote on bylaws changes

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 [update]—Notice is hereby given that the Governing Board of the Alliance of Cambridge Tenants (ACT) will meet on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 3:00 PM at 135 Prospect Street. This meeting will vote on amendments to the Bylaws including Articles IV, V, VI, VII, IX and XV. 

State to pay out February SNAP early

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15—We’ve received a bulletin from Vicky Negus and Pat Baker of Mass. Law Reform (MLRI) about what’s happening with SNAP (formerly the “food stamp” program). MLRI has also produced a flier about this in English and Spanish