Who saved Harvard Sq apts?

Bill Cunningham

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2012—WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING: According to the official Harvard Gazette, City Hall and Harvard University have just saved 25 low-income households from losing their homes—almost singlehandedly.  You can read the article, “Affordable housing, saved,” here. It’s true that those affordable apartments, at Chapman Arms on the edge of Harvard Square, really were at risk a few short months ago. And it’s true that Harvard and the City played key roles in preserving them. But the most important actors were simply left out of the story—namely, the tenants themselves.

Yet at the dedication ceremony for Chapman Arms almost all of the speakers credited the tenants for the work they did to make this preservation deal possible.

CHA releases annual plan

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24 2012—The Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) has posted its Moving To Work Annual Plan for Fiscal year 2013 online. The CHA Board of Commissioners approved the document Monday night. Why is the annual plan called Moving To Work? Because CHA operates under the Federal government's permissive "Moving To Work" guidelines.

CHA hosts annual plan hearing

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16 2011— Last night CHA officials presented the agency's plans for the coming fiscal year to an audience most of whom were voucher and public housing tenants. The public hearing is required under federal regulations. This year’s hearing took place in the context of the most severe budget cuts in the 75 year history of the program. Members if the public now have until January 9 to submit written comments on the plan to the CHA.

The ACT office has moved

MONDAY, MARCH 5 2012— The Alliance of Cambridge Tenants has moved its office from Manning Apartments to Jackson Gardens.

Sharp elbows in the soup line

DECEMBER, 2011—The dark winter of austerity and depression deepens across the land. Agencies compete bitterly among themselves for contracts and supplement their budgets at the expense of low-income residents. It's happening everywhere. But here we will focus on the Cambridge Housing Authority.