The Cambridge Housing Authority sent letters to every affordable-housing applicant saying no one would be offered an apartment for the next two years, saving vacancies during extensive redevelopment. And 2,477 of those letters came back as undeliverable.
More than 100 tenants from a single apartment building have been plunged into the tight Cambridge housing market on short notice, bringing outrage from city councillors and new awareness of the vulnerability of residents who aren’t able to buy their homes.
Vice mayor Dennis A. Benzan invited people to “come enjoy a wonderful evening of good food and great company” as he started work for reelection for goals including Steam education and housing solutions for low- and middle-income families.
Members of the public can suggest and recommend projects for Community Preservation Act funding for affordable housing, open space and historic preservation in fiscal year 2016 at a upcoming Community Preservation Act Committee meeting.
Councillors voted Monday to approve zoning allowing a 195-foot tower overlooking Jill Brown-Rhone Park in Central Square, citing the need for more housing and affordable housing, with only councillors Dennis Carlone and Nadeem Mazen voting in opposition.
Even with news that there may be 21 percent fewer people than thought on a wait list for affordable housing, city officials built a case Monday for turning Cambridge-owned parking lots in Central Square into housing.
As the Housing Authority contacts households on its 10,000-applicant waiting list, as much as 48 percent might not signal they’re still interested in moving up.