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Cambridge and Somerville set up new defense fund for immigrants

The Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF), working together with the cities of Somerville and Cambridge, has established the United Legal Defense Fund to help defray the cost of legal representation for immigrants. This new fund expands the previous Cambridge Legal Defense Fund for immigrants which was launched one year ago by Cambridge mayor Marc McGovern-in partnership

How can the homeless apply for Mass ID?

After my Mass ID expired, I researched online and found out that I needed a birth certificate to renew my ID. This took me to my hometown of New York City, where I visited the Department of Health’s Vital Records Office. It was  there that I received help to complete an online application. I received

Cambridge legal fund will defend immigrants facing deportation

The Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) has created a legal fund to help low-income immigrants facing deportation. CCF announced in August that the Cambridge Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants will distribute $150,000 to help undocumented people in immigration court. The fund, which was created in March, is the response of CCF and Cambridge mayor Marc McGovern

Harvard Square Cafe Will Provide Jobs, Training to Homeless Youth in Cambridge

Two Harvard students have signed the lease for a cafe that would employ homeless youth in Cambridge. Breaktime is a cafe that has a mission beyond serving coffee and scones; the plan is to provide job training and stable employment for Cambridge’s economically insecure youth. Harvard undergraduates Tony Shu and Connor Schoen teamed up to

Cambridge seeks to preserve hundreds of affordable housing units

The City of Cambridge is preserving 504 units of affordable housing at Alewife Brook Towers. Cambridge has started to meet with Schochent Companies, the realtor-manager- owner of the property, to renew the HUD contract for subsidized housing. Alewife Brook Towers are two 22-story buildings, a 48-year old housing complex that rises at the end of

Cambridge seeks to preserve hundreds of affordable housing units

The City of Cambridge is preserving 504 units of affordable housing at Alewife Brook Towers. Cambridge has started to meet with Schochent Companies, the realtor-manager- owner of the property, to renew the HUD contract for subsidized housing. Alewife Brook Towers are two 22-story buildings, a 48-year old housing complex that rises at the end of

Bike Share Program Offers Discounts for SNAP Participants and Those in Other Programs

This past January Hubway, Boston’s bike share system, announced a new discount program for low-income EBT card holders to participate. The Department of Transitional Assistance, which administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Motivate, the operator of Hubway, launched the “SNAP Card to Ride.” Hubway was started in 2011 by the late Boston Mayor

Bike Share Program Offers Discounts for SNAP Participants and Those in Other Programs

This past January Hubway, Boston’s bike share system, announced a new discount program for low-income EBT card holders to participate. The Department of Transitional Assistance, which administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Motivate, the operator of Hubway, launched the “SNAP Card to Ride.” Hubway was started in 2011 by the late Boston Mayor

Cambridge Might Increase Housing Stock to 20 Percent Affordable

Cambridge has created 100 units of affordable housing over the past year, a trend it’s looking to build on in 2017. The Cambridge City Council hopes to increase the percentage of affordable housing to 20 percent of the city’s total residential housing units by June of this year. Cambridge implemented inclusionary zoning, a tool utilized

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