The program is part of a broad effort by by the Alliance, often out of sight, to improve the health of an entire community, not just individuals – and sometimes to help immigrants and others get better jobs, often at the Alliance itself.
Officials at the city’s public housing agency say they’re worried that President Donald Trump’s policies on immigrants could affect foreign-born residents – whether undocumented or here legally – who live in public housing or hold Section 8 rent certificates.
If Washington lawmakers continue to fund the Section 8 rental assistance program at its current level instead of increasing the appropriation, Cambridge would be short $3.2 million needed to support vouchers.
Michael J. Johnston will become executive director of the Cambridge Housing Authority on Feb. 6, as Gregory Russ departs to head the Minneapolis public housing system.
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.