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.

Learning experience sponsored by CHA

by Hasson Rashid

Monday, January 9 2012— In December, this NeighborMedia correspondent returned from a three day learning and training experience, sponsored by the Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA), for my participation as a Low Income Housing Advocate and board member of the Alliance of Cambridge Tenants (ACT).

CHA responds to elevator concerns

Statement: issues raised at the council meeting were already addressed

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 2011—  On Monday night Cambridge City Council unanimously passed an order dealing with the elevator situation at Manning Apartments. Councilor Henrietta Davis sponsored the original order in response to constituent concerns. The order as amended by Councilor Cheung—who had earlier met with the elevator constructors’ union—calls for the CHA to hire an independent consultant. A union offer to pay for such a consultant was rejected by the CHA last summer.

When public housing came to town

Excerpts from reality

Summer 2012

Here are a few pages from the draft of a forthcoming book, to be called "home."  The first part of the book is about politics in twentieth-century Cambridge, especially as it relates to real estate and economic development. The excerpts that follow are about the buried foundations of our city's public housing program.