FRIDAY, MARCH 8—On January 10, 2013, Governor Patrick filed a billto consolidate the state’s 240 housing authorities into just sixRegional Housing Authorities (RHAs). The Board of the Alliance of Cambridge Tenants (ACT) has voted to oppose the Governor’s bill.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2012— In July the Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) created a new position—Customer Service and Communications—and appointed Naomie Stephen to the job. What does the new job entail? Victoria Bergland interviewed Naomie to find out. Victoria is ACT's Public Housing Co-Chair.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2012—In August the Cambridge city council surprised many people when it failed to adopt a zoning change which would pave the way for expansion of University Park and a big new biolab on Mass. Avenue. For the biolab’s opponents, the council vote was the climax of several months of organizing. For residents of University Park’s 168 low- and moderate-income apartments, it may be a new beginning.
On July 12 six residents met with CHA’s tenant liaison Sothea Chiemruom to discuss the new Tenant Council (“Resident Council”) Recognition Policy. The main change residents sought was to reduce the number of officers required for recognition of councils in smaller developments.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012— At 9:45 last night, volunteers from the League of Women Voters announced the result of balloting for the ACT Board. There will be a lot of new faces. Here is the list of public housing residents elected, by district:
THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2012—Is Cambridge’s largest family public housing development in MIT’s crosshairs?
That possibility has become a nightmare for many residents since March 14. That night a public meeting of the Central Square Advisory Committee viewed a slide showing half of Newtowne Court demolished and replaced by higher buildings facing Main Street between Portland and Windsor. That slide will be the center of attention when City officials appear at the Area Four Coalition meeting at the Pisani Center on Thursday evening, April 12. (Click here to see the slide)
Basic Background:As I understand it, the policy used to be, for family developments, a resident who wished to use the community space would make a deposit of $50. If the space was left neat and clean after the event, the deposit would be refunded. The new policy is a $70 refundable deposit plus a $30 non-refundable fee. For elder developments the refundable deposit is $30, but the non-refundable fee is the same—$30.