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Housing

Harvard Yard
College

Historic Heat Wave Reignites Debate About Lack of AC in Harvard Housing

As a heat wave descended on Cambridge, students living on campus sought relief from the scorching temperatures — just not in their dorm rooms. ​​​​​​

Cambridge City Hall Participatory Budgeting
City Politics

City Council Approves Nearly $1 Billion City Budget, but Cautions Against Further Growth

The Cambridge City Council unanimously passed a nearly $1 billion operating budget and $74 million capital budget for the 2025 fiscal year without major modifications during a meeting Monday evening.

Dilapidated Dorms Feature Graphic
College

Dilapidated Dorms: How Harvard Undergrads Cope with Run-Down Housing

Some students say they’ve grown accustomed to living with rodents and the occasional maintenance problem in dilapidated houses. But for others, housing problems raise broader concerns about how run-down living spaces may detract from quality of life at Harvard.

Harvard Chabad House
Student Life

Proposed Harvard Chabad Expansion Faces Opposition From Cambridge Zoning Board, Neighbors

A proposal to dramatically expand Harvard Chabad’s Banks Street headquarters failed to win approval from the Cambridge Board of Zoning Appeals during a contentious Thursday public hearing.

Zoning Laws City Hall
City Politics

Proposal to Abolish Single-Family Zoning in Cambridge Moves Forward

The proposal to abolish single-family zoning in Cambridge is moving forward through the City Council, heralding a radical shift in the city’s housing policy.

HSHS Scrutling 2
Harvard in the City

Harvard Square Homeless Shelter Debuts Renovations To Adapt To 6-Month Stays

The Harvard Square Homeless Shelter unveiled the renovation of their space on Friday — and with it, a dramatic shift in their model to allow shelter guests to stay for the entirety of the 6-month operational season.

Cambridge City Council Meeting 3/4/24
Cambridge City Council

Cambridge City Manager Unveils Nearly $1 Billion 2025 Operating City Budget Proposal

City Manager Yi-An Huang ’05 presented the city’s nearly $1 billion operating budget for fiscal year 2025, along with $36 million in loan order requests and an approximately $74 million capital budget.

Encampment Barriers
College

Harvard To Install 3-Foot Barriers During Freshmen Move Out as Yard Remains Occupied

Harvard Campus Services will install three-foot orange barriers in certain locations around the pro-Palestine encampment in Harvard Yard as part of a plan to ensure safety during freshmen move out.

Walden Square Apartments
Cambridge

Muchnik-Led Petition to Block Walden Square Development Nears 1,000 Signatures

One of Cambridge’s most vociferous opponents of high-rise affordable housing is mounting a protest against a proposal to build an additional 95 affordable units in the 240-unit Walden Square Apartments.

Cabot N+1 graphic
College

‘Loses the Magic’: Cabot Students Frustrated at Decrease in N+1 Housing

Cabot House students expressed frustration at this year’s upperclassmen housing lottery after extra beds were added to suites due to limited capacity.

Cambridge Housing Authority
City Politics

Neville Place, Affordable Assisted Living Facility, To Receive $5.7 Million City Loan

Cambridge’s Affordable Housing Trust will loan $5.7 million to Neville Place Assisted Living at Fresh Pond — which provides assisted living services to low-income seniors — for physical repairs to the facility.

City Hall File Photo
City Politics

‘We Didn’t Always Have A Housing Crisis’: Siddiqui, Sobrinho-Wheeler, McGovern Talk Housing at Town Hall

Three City Council members endorsed by housing advocacy group A Better Cambridge stressed the urgency of tackling housing from all angles in a virtual town hall meeting hosted by ABC on Thursday.

Cambridge City Hall
City Politics

Housing, Government Accountability Among Top Council Priorities for New Term

The Cambridge City Council finalized term priorities with city officials and discussed ways to improve the City’s transparency and accountability at a special meeting Thursday.

Zoning Laws City Hall
City Politics

As Cambridge Works to Improve Tenant Legal Protections, City Staff Raise Communication Concerns

As the City of Cambridge — where two-thirds of residents are tenants — works to increase legal protections for low-income tenants, city staff said the city has struggled to relay information about tenants’ rights to landlords.

Cambridge City Hall in the Summer
City Politics

City Councilors Discuss Housing Goals at Town Hall Meeting

Three City Council members endorsed by housing advocacy group A Better Cambridge stressed the necessity of involving residents in discussions around housing policy in a Wednesday virtual town hall hosted by ABC.

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