Much ado about housing

by bill cunningham

THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2019—“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, 2019— 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, 2019—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, 2019 [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, 2019—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, 2019—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, 2018—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

by bill cunningham

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2018—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.  

Agreements for Judgment

what has changed?

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2018—The Housing Authority (CHA) does not like to evict tenants. But if you violate your lease—by not paying the rent, for example—your manager will send you a notice asking you to come to her office. If there is a serious lease violation you may be asked to sign a document called Agreement for Judgment. Up until this month tenants signed agreements like this right in the manager’s office.

ACT celebrates our first ten years

Birthday party at Pisani Center October 20

doors open at 1:00 close at 4:00 SATURDAY afternoon


HONK school of music/ROCK guitar/SPANISH guitar/lotsa FOOD & DRINKS/drop by or hang out all afternoon/meet old friends and new