Cambridge Citizens Coalition
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.