A learning experience sponsored by the 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.

Elevator shaft

by Bill Bumpus

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19 2011—Maybe you’ve seen these guys. Sometimes they wear green T shirts blazoned with the words: “Cheap labor isn’t skilled—Skilled labor isn’t cheap.” They are members of Local 4, International Union of Elevator Constructors. For several months, they’ve been picketing outside two apartment buildings owned by the Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA). 

Have you mailed your ballot?

ACT Board election closes next week  

MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012—Public housing and voucher residents have mailed hundreds of ballots to the ACT post office box as the group's election process continues. Residents who haven't yet voted now have less than a week to mail in their ballots. The ACT election committee urges people to mail in their vote by Thursday, April 5 if possible. The committee notes that although first-class mail is usually delivered in one day, it is sometimes delayed. The rule is: to be safe, allow five days for delivery.  In 2009 dozens of ballots were received too late to be counted. 

However voters will also have the option of casting their ballots on ACT’s election day, Tuesday, April 10. On that day the League of Women Voters will staff six ACT polling places for two hours, between 4:30 and 6:30.

Notice of ACT July Board meeting

The Governing Board of the Alliance of Cambridge Tenants is meeting on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the ACT office and community room, Jackson Gardens, 135 Prospect Street. At this meeting the Board will vote on amending the ACT Bylaws.

Restoring Bread and Jams for the Homeless

by Hasson Rashid

A Harvard Square day shelter for homeless people has been closed. It was a sad day for Cambridge. After decades of service, "Bread and Jams" will be missed. However a committee has been formed to restore the program's funding.

Board candidates on ACT ballot

Here is a complete list of candidates whose names will appear on the ballots printed for the 2012 ACT Board election. Each ballot will also have two spaces for write-ins. Many of the candidates submitted written statements which you can find by scrolling down past the next few articles on this page.

Who saved Harvard Sq apts?

by 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.