art contest winners

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2018— C.H.A. announced that Tessa Baker has won first prize in this year's art contest. Runner-up prize went to Greggy B. To take a peek at their work...

ACTivities update

MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2018— Although ACT does not hold City Wide or Board meetings during July and August the Officers and other members continue to work. In April and May ACT participated in the Affordable Housing Week of Action which was coordinated by the Community Development Department of the City of Cambridge. The Week of Action is an annual initiative of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC). ACT is a member of NLIHC.

Michael Gross and Duane Callendar at Rindge & Latin April 28

Housing Bond Bill Passes—CHAPA

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018—Yesterday, the conference committee released its compromise Housing Bond Bill, which was quickly taken up and passed by the House and Senate. The bill now heads to the Governor for his signature.

ACT in HONK parade

Members of the Alliance of Cambridge Tenants (ACT) carry their banner during the HONK Festival parade which is a celebration of music and community activism for social justice. The 2 days Festival took place both in Davis Square Somerville and Harvard Square in Cambridge during October 7 and 8, 2017. 

photo: Joaquin Inchaustegui

In the Land of the Lord

by Sonia E. Andújar

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 2017— During Europe’s Medieval Period, the Serfdom condition of bondage to the land of their noblemen kept farmers in a dependent status.  In the United States after the end of the civil war, sharecroppers and tenant-farmers were tied down to the land of the lord with almost no hope for ownership and progress.  The present situation of many subsidized tenants sometimes resembles those of the Serfdom, sharecroppers and tenant-farmers of the past.

Board amends ACT bylaws; plan election for October

MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 2016— At a special meeting July 26, the Alliance of Cambridge Tenants Governing Board voted to approve Bylaws amendments proposed by the Executive Officers. The amendments include changes in the Board’s election process. 

ACT Board term extended 6 months

SUNDAY,  FEBRUARY 14, 2016—Yesterday ACT's Governing Board voted to extend its current term by six months. The reasoning was that the organization needs time to consider how to make its next Board election more democratic and inclusive. The meeting also reviewed the financial balance and projected budget for the coming year. Money available will fall far short of the funds necessary to reach all those eligible to vote and serve on the Board.

ACT bylaws change proposed

WEDNESDAY,  FEBRUARY 3, 2016— The ACT Board will consider amending the organization's bylaws to extend the current term of Officers and Board members by six months.

"Cool Monster" a roaring success

ACT's second indoor yard sale 

MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2015— To our friends and neighbors who stopped by ACT's Cool Monster Yard Sale on Saturday, August 15 to grab some bargains, enjoy some music, and have some lunch at the Manning Café— sincere thanks! Extra thanks to those who made it possible by donating their time and their cool stuff. We'll do it again soon, OK?

Do you know what’s in your lease?

Tenant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the CHA lease for public housing (soon to be Rental Assistance Demonstration or RAD developments)

compiled by Teresa Cardosi, Woodrow Wilson Court/Fairmont Village

TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2015— A new lease, grievance procedure, schedule of maintenance charges and legal fees, and Admissions and Continuing Occupancy Policy for Federal Public Housing (ACOP, the rule book for public housing*) went into effect on November 1, 2014. This followed an intensive process of negotiation between the CHA and tenant leaders and advocates. Teresa Cardosi was part of ACT’s negotiating team. Teresa was concerned that many tenants felt that they had to sign the new lease (not signing would have been a violation of the old lease) before they knew what was in it or what the changes would mean for them.

Senior aging: A realistic path to housing survival

by Joseph Caparco

MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2015— I have lived in this city for 42 years. I worked locally in special arts education programs and volunteered in civic organizations and love being in a dynamic, diversified place. Each day, walking through Central Square I strongly felt, and still feel a part of a culturally diverse community that is home. Many of the residents are transient students and others are permanent resident owners. Many are seniors living alone.

I thought, on reaching 65 my life would get easier and that my place in Cambridge would be secure.