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

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.