The Cambridge Housing Authority’s Workforce Program that helps youths living in public housing prepare for college or a career has received a $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation. The grant, to be distributed over two years, will support the program while government aid has dwindled.
The head of the Cambridge Housing Authority got a bigger salary increase than he asked for in approval of a new five-year contract. He’s led the agency through two years of pandemic, continued a sweeping renovation of the CHA portfolio of low-income housing and branched out to administer Section 8 housing programs in other communities.
The wireless Internet provider Starry will provide low-cost broadband to more than 2,630 affordable homes citywide in partnership with the Cambridge Housing Authority; a high-end apartment building called The Brook has opened near Alewife; and 29 residential units are planned for a building crossing the city line between Inman and Union squares.
The Cambridge Housing Authority has begun requiring employees who work in person to test themselves for coronavirus just before they start work, and it may have paid big dividends in preventing transmission of the virus. The requirement relies on employer-provided rapid antigen tests.