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.

Our endless housing crisis

article under review

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

Federal money comes through for the voucher program

THURSDAY, JANUARY 3—When the Federal government went into shut-down mode last month, a lot of voucher tenants wondered what would happen to them if their landlords didn’t receive the subsidy part of their rents in January. It turned out that the subsidies were paid on time even though 95 percent of HUD employees were home on furlough.

Thanksgiving community meals

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19—Cambridge Continuum of Care has provided a list of places where traditional Thanksgiving meals are being served to homeless and low-income families and individuals. All of these events are free.

Four books

bill cunningham

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1—Here is a short review of four recent books that are about issues that affect us and our communities every day. They are Richard Rothstein’s Color of Law, Karilyn Crockett’s People Before Highways, Matthew Desmond’s Evicted, and Mike Turk’s New Cast to Urban Economics. Let’s take a look at them.