Cambridge has long been proactive in adding more affordable housing. The 2019 Concord Highlands development is a case in point. We also have great regional data and Cambridge is very near the top regionally
In addition to this good news, the Cambridge Housing Authority has announced a reset on Section 8 subsidies that will encourage more low income rents in our more expensive neighborhoods (see image below).
The above image is published in a June 26, 2019 Cambridge Day article by Sue Reinert: "The Cambridge Housing Authority is trying a new tactic to make more housing available to low-income residents in a high-rent city – one that doesn’t require building anything [italics & red for added emphasis]. Instead, the housing agency intends to set maximum rents available to landlords in the Section 8 voucher program by ZIP code instead of citywide. This move, together with a giant increase in the Section 8 rent cap overall, could open Cambridge’s higher-income neighborhoods to poor tenants with rent vouchers for the first time, agency officials said at a board meeting June 16. “This would unlock Authority codes where we don’t have a lot of Section 8 [units],” director of leased housing Hannah Lodi told its commissioners. The Section 8 program helps low-income renters pay for housing in the private market. The tenant pays 30 percent of his or her income toward the rent and the federal government pays the rest, up to a government-set limit.” Cambridge has the time to get this right.
8.15.19 CONCERNING BUSINESS: Susan Labandibar, Board Chair of Cambridge Local First, Foresees Negative AHO Impacts .https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/concerning-business-susan-labandibar-board-chair-of-cambridge-local-first-foresees-negative-aho-impacts
8.13.19. POLITICS BY DESIGN and Why it Matters. https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/politics-by-design-form-vs-farand-why-it-matters
8.12.19. WHY TREES MATTER TO EVERYONE: One More Reason why the AHO is Deeply Flawed
8.8.19. GRAPPLING WITH GRAPHICS: Misrepresenting the Complexities of Visualizing the AHO https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/grappling-with-graphics-misrepresenting-the-complexities-of-visualizing-the-aho
8.8.19 REALITY CHECK: Peter Kroon responds to Disinformation promoted on the AHO Reality website https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/reality-check-peter-kroon-responds-to-disinformation-promoted-on-the-new-affordable-housing-overlay-reality-website
8.7.19. REBOOT: Kelly Dolan's letter: Withdraw Affordable Housing Overlay Petition https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/withdraw-affordable-housing-overlay-petition-for-a-rewrite-to-be-simply-voted-by-city-council-by-kelly-dolan
8.6.19. NOT READY: Patty Nolan on the Affordable Housing Overlay Proposal Not Ready for Prime Time in Cambridge https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/affordable-housing-overlay-proposal-not-ready-for-prime-time-in-cambridge
8.3.19. CAMBRIDGE HOUSING CONCERNS: A Short History. https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/the-housing-crisis-a-short-history
7.31.19 YES to Affordable; No to this Plan. https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/yes-to-affordable-housing-and-no-to-the-overlay
7.29.19 HOT OFF THE PRESS: New Design Guidelines. https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/hot-off-the-press-new-design-guidelines
7.29.19 WHO QUALIFIES for AHO Housing. https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/july-29th-2019
7.28.19 HOW DID WE END UP HERE? What are the Core Concerns?