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As Cambridge Emergency Shelter Struggles to Meet Needs, Chelsea Nonprofit Provides Resources to Families

La Colaborativa, an immigrant social service organization in Chelsea, opened a walk-in day services center on Tuesday for families staying in the state-run emergency homeless shelter in Cambridge, which has struggled to transition its residents into permanent housing.

Cambridge City Hall in the Summer
City Politics

Cambridge’s Landmark Affordable Housing Policy, Explained

The 2019 election cycle in Cambridge was defined by the introduction of the Affordable Housing Overlay, an ambitious — and hotly contested — proposal to expand and expedite the construction of affordable housing across the city.

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Cambridge City Council

Cambridge LGBTQ+ Housing Task Force Launches 2024 Resident Survey

The City of Cambridge LGBTQ+ Friendly Housing Task Force released their 2024 survey last Thursday to collect data from LGBTQ Cambridge residents on how to improve their housing options.

Cambridge City Hall

Cambridge Nonprofit Presents Plans for 110-Unit Affordable Development

Non-profit housing developer B’nai B’rith Housing presented plans to create affordable units for senior Cambridge residents at a Planning Board Meeting on Tuesday.

Governor Healey at Gay's Inauguration

Healey Administration Pledges $16 Million to 3 Cambridge Affordable Developments

The Massachusetts state government dedicated funding for 26 affordable housing projects, including three in Cambridge, according to an Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities press release last Monday.


Winter Puts Strain on Resources, Housing for Cambridge Unhoused Residents

As low February temperatures pose a hazard for unhoused Cambridge residents, shelters and service organizations are having to meet a growing demand for beds and winter resources.

Cambridge City Hall and Central Square
Harvard Square

An Emergency Shelter in Cambridge Was Meant To Be Transitory. Families Have Stayed for Weeks.

A temporary homeless shelter at the Cambridge Registry of Deeds building was only meant to house families for five to ten days. But a shortage of permanent shelter options means that most families have remained there since December.

Cambridge City Hall and Central Square

Healey Administration Opens Shelter for Unhoused Families in Cambridge Govt. Building

The Massachusetts state government opened an overnight shelter for unhoused families in the Registry of Deeds building in East Cambridge late last month.


Harvard Education Press Authors Talk Campus Strategies for Diversity Post-Affirmative Action

Four higher education experts discussed during an online event last Thursday how colleges and universities should reform their admissions processes to maintain a diverse student body, including ending athlete preferences.

Ruth Simmons Talking at GSE
Radcliffe Institute

Higher Ed Leader Ruth Simmons Talks Recent Memoir, Legacy in Higher Education with Harvard Radcliffe Dean

Ruth J. Simmons, the former president of Brown University, Prairie View A&M University, and Smith College, spoke with Harvard Radcliffe Institute Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin about the values that shaped her educational career at a talk Tuesday evening.

Harvard Medical School

Google Chief Health Officer Talks Future of Health Care and Artificial Intelligence at Harvard Medical School

Karen B. DeSalvo, Chief Health Officer at Google, discussed the future of healthcare and artificial intelligence at Harvard Medical School as part of the 22nd Annual Seidman Lecture on Monday.

USC Professor Yang Chai Receives Harvard School of Dental Medicine Goldhaber Award

USC Professor Yang Chai Presented with Harvard School of Dental Medicine Goldhaber Award

Yang Chai, professor and chair in craniofacial biology at the University of Southern California, was awarded the Paul Goldhaber Award at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine on Tuesday.