housing for cambridge
We, Black Lives Matter Cambridge, firmly believe that housing is a right. Every person in the city of Cambridge should have access to affordable housing. Unfortunately, this is not our reality. Housing is not affordable in Cambridge and there is a lack of access to affordable housing. As a result, we’ve seen members of our communities move to surrounding towns such as Somerville, Everett, Malden etc. in search of more affordable housing. We’ve seen lists for Section 8 vouchers close and some units are still too expensive even with a voucher. We’ve seen beloved community businesses close up after being bought by developers.
This is not a reality we wish to live in. We are here to envision a different reality. We envision a world where all of our people are housed in homes fit for human beings. We envision a world where housing is stable and reliable.
Inclusionary Housing Program- WE WON!!
The City Council require market rate residential developers, of more than 9 units, are required to make at least 20% of the units affordable (as of June 2017). Read all about it, click here.
We demand MIT is given a permit that allows them to build housing for it’s 5,500 graduate and postgraduate students who live off campus. Housing for those MIT students opens up more units for existing housing and provide familysize units.
use free land
We demand that free land, such as parking lots and other city properties, are not sold to private developers but are used to build affordable housing and develop public spaces.
Establish a rent to own program
We demand that a Rent to Own program is established in Cambridge. We believe that there needs to be a better and more defined pathway to homeownership for low income Cantabrigians.