ACT announces review and vote on major bylaws changes

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2013— Toward the end of October, the Board of the Alliance of Cambridge Tenants will hold two regular board meetings  to consider and vote on changes to the ACT Bylaws. 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21 at 6:00 p.m. 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 at 3:00 p.m. 

Both meetings will take place at 237 Franklin Street, Manning Apartments, in the Second Floor Terrace Room.

The ACT Bylaws Review Committee is recommending a number of significant changes and additions to the bylaws

CHA resident art contest

$300 first prize—deadline is November 7

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2013—CHA is looking for entries in its annual art contest. The winner will appear on the cover of CHA's 2015 Annual Plan book. If you’re interested, click here for details.


ACT rejects Governor's public housing reform bill

Cheryl-Ann Pizza-Zeoli

FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2013—On January 10, 2013, Governor Patrick filed a bill to consolidate the state’s 240 housing authorities into just six Regional Housing Authorities (RHAs). The Board of the Alliance of Cambridge Tenants (ACT) has voted to oppose the Governor’s bill.

We Are Not Machines

Rosa de la Rosa  

Housekeeper, Le Meridien Cambridge, 14 years of service

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2012—The last raise I got was 25 cents, but the increase in transportation and health insurance costs ate up the 25 cents. So not fighting for a better future is not an option.

interview: Customer Service at Cambridge Housing

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.

Background and update: Forest City and the moratorium

Bill Cunningham

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.

Update on discussions with CHA

from the ACT Office, September 14, 2012

Working Groups: Tenant council recognition policy

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. 

Residents elect new ACT Board

New faces, renewed energy

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:

Nightmare at Newtowne Court

Bill Cunningham

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)

CHA's community room policy

An open letter to CHA by Teresa Cardosi

Spring, 2012

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.