Author Archives: Robert Sondak

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

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

Community Development Corporation Secures 61 Affordable Using Units for Cambridge

The week of July 16, LP Solutions transferred its equity stake in the Close Building to Just-A-Start (JAS), a local nonprofit, allowing it to expand its property share in the Cambridge affordable housing market.   With this transfer, affordable housing will continue to grow at the Close Building, a former chocolate confectionary factory. LP Solutions

Cambridge Makes Progress with Troublesome Vail Court Building

The June 14, 2017 community meeting at Cambridge City Hall will mark the end of a long legal battle and help advance the redevelopment of the Vail Court property. The legal push for the city to seize Vail Court by eminent domain started 12 months ago. Mayor Denise Simmons filled an Order of Taking of

City Sprouts germinating: Program expands to 7,000 students

Photo: Wikimedia Commons The City Sprouts school garden program has grown significantly over the past two years. In the last school year, more than 500 teachers from both school systems utilized City Sprouts gardens for instruction. Twenty-three percent of the teachers took their classes to the garden six or more times during the school year.