What ideas do you have to address the top tier needs identified in the Cambridge Community Needs Assessment (Affordable Housing and Homelessness, Financial Security, Mental Health: Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse)?
Do you support the 100% Affordable Housing Overlay as it is currently written as a means to meet the need for affordable housing? Why or why not? How else would you address Cambridge's current affordable housing crisis?
The nonprofit sector in Cambridge makes major contributions to both the local economy and services for residents. In order for the sector to create the lasting change it seeks to achieve, systemic challenges, such as a lack of understanding of what the nonprofit sector does and the value it brings to communities, and chronic under funding that limits the capacity to deliver services and invest in talent and technology, all while responding to increasing needs, must be addressed. What ideas do you have to ensure a vibrant and healthy nonprofit sector in our City?
Recent research out of Boston University has shown that residents who participate in local government are most likely white, older, wealthy and male. How would you increase access to local government decision making power and ultimately civic engagement, by Cambridge low income communities and communities of color?
While Cambridge benefits from a uniquely robust social service network that includes both nonprofit and City providers, it can be difficult for residents to navigate and for leaders to maximize the available resources. What ideas do you have for better coordination of services between the City of Cambridge and nonprofit organizations? What role do you believe nonprofits should play in strengthening the Cambridge community?
What steps would you take to make Cambridge more inclusive and welcoming of recently arrived immigrant residents, especially those living in mixed-status households?
Give a specific example of a policy approach to addressing institutional racism in Cambridge.