For the past two years, Aelen Unan has been both homeless and a small-business owner. Her Ninawa Zero-Waste shop promotes sustainable fashion by turning unwanted clothing into upcycled dresses and tote bags – but it too is about to be homeless as her time at the Popportunity small-vendor market in Central Square runs out.
Some residents of Manning Apartments, a public housing complex near Central Square for seniors and people with disabilities, say they feel unsafe amid a spike in illegal activity in and around the building – and an official at the Cambridge House Authority said Friday that an attempt to address the problem better with private security has suffered a setback.
As a coalition of organizations that work directly with the unhoused, we want more investment in housing and health care including using federal Covid aid funds to create easy to access housing with staffing. Our proposal lays out a pathway to ensure that these units are sustainable beyond the initial funding.
Public meetings this week look at pausing Porter Square bicycle lanes for removal of a concrete median and overhead trolley wires, removing “hostile architecture,” jobs for a Cambridge Green New Deal, a school sexual misconduct policy and zoning face-off over the North Charles drug therapy clinic.
Public meetings this week look at stemming rat infestations, free dog licensing for seniors and an accounting for snow season; Café Batifol’s arrival in Kendall and Vitality Bowls in Central; ending off-street parking requirements; free CharlieCards for students; converting the Sacred Heart rectory into affordable rentals; and more.
Public meetings this week look at making a neighborhood in Alewife; bike lanes through Porter; school district budgeting; a Net Zero Action Plan update; solutions in helping the unhoused; permitting for Starlight Square and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology food kiosk; and more.
Public meetings this week look at getting bike lane advice and finding solutions for homelessness; the aftermath of a student protest and appointing a permanent superintendent; and the future of Cambridge Street; and getting town-gown reports from Harvard, Hult, Lesley and MIT.