State public housing reform is law

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2014— This morning Governor Patrick signed public housing reform into law. The new law does not provide the sweeping change the Governor had hoped for but does include some significant innovations. Read a summary of what's new, or click for the complete text of H.4347.

Allston Street families need our help

Mayor establishes Fire Relief Fund

TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014— Patricia Tuccinardi, aide to Mayor David Maher, writes: "Nine families were displaced and are currently staying in hotels and shelters. The majority of the residents displaced were renters, making it difficult to recover losses. These families are low income and working class and have lost all their possessions.

Update: State public housing reform: Senate, House bills differ

Senate would add to immigrant restrictions, increase DHCD oversight

TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014— On Thursday, July 24th, the State Senate passed its own public housing reform bill, S.2292. The Senate version differs from the one passed by the House July 16th. According to Eric Shupin, Policy Associate at Citizens Housing And Planning Association (CHAPA), "It is likely that Public Housing Reform will go to Committee" to reconcile differences between the House and Senate reform bills.  

Restoring Bread and Jams for the Homeless

by Hasson Rashid

SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2014— A Harvard Square day shelter for homeless people has been closed. It was a sad day for Cambridge. After decades of service, "Bread and Jams" will be missed. However a committee has been formed to restore the program's funding.

Results of ACT Board Election

Bill Cunningham, ACT Election Committee

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2014— On Monday April 28, in the Terrace Room at Manning Apartments, volunteers from the Arlington League of Women Voters read and tabulated the ballots in the 2014 ACT Board election. The event was public, and interested people, mostly candidates, came and went until the count was completed shortly before 9:00 p.m. The new Board’s term runs through April 2016.

Fourteen public housing and thirteen voucher representatives were elected. Here are their names:

Ballot count rescheduled

Count moved back to April 28; voting deadline is still April 21

THURSDAY, APRIL 17— The ACT Office reminds ACT members that the deadline for voting in the 2014 ACT Board election is 5:00 p.m., Monday April 21. However the votes will not be tallied that evening as originally planned.
The count has been postponed for one week and will take place on the evening of Monday, April 28. The Election Committee and executive officers made this change because postal service has been so unreliable.

Candidates contend for thirty seats on ACT Board

FRIDAY, April 4— Today official ballots were released for the 2014 ACT Board election. The ballots listed eighteen residents of public housing and fourteen CHA voucher tenants as candidates for thirty seats on the Board. Candidates will have a chance to meet each other and the public between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. Saturday April 12 at the Senior Center in Central Square. Final votes will be accepted and all ballots counted on Patriot’s Day, April 21.

More ballots and information packets will be available at a number of locations, including CEOC, the CHA main office, and the ACT office. The Election Committee encourages candidates and interested residents to pick them up and distribute them widely. ACT is recognized by the Housing Authority, and operates in harmony with government guidelines, according to which all adult CHA voucher tenants and Cambridge public housing residents are ACT members and thus entitled to vote for its Board.

Meridien Hotel workers join union; Lesley U signs contract

by Lisa Clauson, UNITE HERE

SATURDAY, MARCH 15— Earlier this month, Le Meridien Cambridge workers joined UNITE HERE Local 26. After nearly two years of weekly picket lines, a boycott and the support of the broader community, 75 workers are thrilled to have a voice and respect on the job.

CHA proposes changes in public housing lease and ACOP rules

THURSDAY, MARCH 6 (updated)— Public housing tenants, attention. Cambridge Housing Authority is proposing changes to two very important documents: (1) the CHA apartment lease and (2) the Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy for Federal Public Housing (ACOP)—the basic rule book for the public housing program. There are also proposed changes to the schedule of maintenance charges and legal fees.

ACT Board election set for April 21

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3— At its January 25, 2014 meeting, the ACT Board established an Election Committee and set April 21 as Election Day for the third ACT Governing Board. The current Board’s terms run out in April.

There will be thirty seats on the new ACT Board—up to fifteen public housing tenants and up to fifteen voucher tenants. The term runs for two years.