Amid state funding problems, unexpected levels of deterioration and rising construction costs, funding for the second phase of a $382 million program to renovate thousands of units of city public housing is uncertain, and construction may not begin until 2019.
It started small, with a handful of doctors-in-training at Cambridge Health Alliance wrote “A Letter to our Patients in the Trump Era” shortly after the Republican was elected president. Then the letter went viral.
Low-income housing doesn’t hurt home values in high-cost areas – except in Cambridge and Boston, according to a widely publicized national housing study. A closer look at the research raises questions about how well the finding reflects reality here, though.
Cambridge Housing Authority Executive Director Gregory Russ, who helped set in motion the largest redevelopment effort in the agency’s history at a time of shrinking government support, is tentatively in line to head the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority.
Cambridge health officials want to get more kids tested for lead, but have no authority to enforce a state law that mandates testing for all children under 4. Still, state officials are making an effort to raise testing levels statewide, and Cambridge is joining in.
Despite excelling in lead levels, safe water, Cambridge has gaps in testing its youngest (corrected)
Cambridge can claim some enviable statistics when it comes to lead contamination in water and lead levels in children’s blood, but the city has a disturbing gap: Around 20 percent of children under the age of 4 are not being tested at all for the metal.
The Cambridge Housing Authority is giving $450,000 to one community program and free space to another inside a health clinic on Windsor Street near two public housing developments.
Five patients of the Cambridge Health Alliance killed or seriously hurt themselves last year, a marked improvement from the total of nine suicide or serious self-harm incidents in 2014. Almost all the reduction came at Cambridge Hospital.
A waiting list for coveted rent assistance subsidies reopens Oct. 3 after more than eight years closed to applicants, and now can even be done online. But there won’t be many certificates to hand out, a housing official cautioned when announcing the news.
The ink was barely dry on Cambridge Health Alliance’s break-even budget for the coming year when $2.3 million in expected revenue for the financially challenged health care system was placed in doubt because of a gubernatorial veto.