Applications can be filed as soon as Jan. 11 for the next round of funding in the Covid-19 Housing Stabilization Program, which provides up to six months of financial help to Cambridge residents experiencing housing instability due to the economic impact of the pandemic.
Russell Apartments residents know the value of affordable housing; it is a lifesaver for our community members who could not otherwise afford to live in Cambridge. But the residential building proposed for next door would sacrifice our affordable housing community for its own.
At a contentious four-hour hearing, the Board of Zoning Appeal refused to approve the height of 2072 Massachusetts Ave., a North Cambridge affordable housing project, arguing that its nine stories on the avenue was too tall and trying to get the developers to bring the building down to six.
A nine-story building with all affordable apartments – 49 in all, of which 71 percent are for families – arrives Thursday before the Board of Zoning Appeal with a positive recommendation from planning officials, but some riled-up neighbors and serious concerns from one city councillor.
Public meetings this week look at keeping eviction moratoriums in place even if the state lets its own expire, how to respond to crises without police, changes to the city’s marijuana retail laws, holding coronavirus-era classes in city parks, a Buckingham, Browne & Nichols expansion and more.