At the end of April, the City Manager approved the Community Benefits Advisory Committee's planning grant recommendations. The partnerships, each headed by a Lead Organization, are as follows:
In addition, the City has entered into a contract with Health Resources in Action (HRiA) to provide evaluation support for each partnership as well as the Community Benefits process on a whole. Stay tuned for opportunities to provide feedback on the process and learn more here.
A recent survey commissioned by the US Census Bureau found that just over 40% of survey respondents did not feel it matters whether they are personally counted in the 2020 Census. In addition, nearly 1 in 4 respondents fear that their answers to the 2020 Census will be used against them. Leveraging partnerships between nonprofits and government is one strategy to help overcome these difficulties, and is more important than ever as Census data drives the distribution of billions of federal dollars to Massachusetts in addition to political representation. Review the Mass Nonprofit Network Census 2020 resource page and stay tuned for opportunities to engage in this work in Cambridge.
At 6 pm tonight, the Cambridge City Council Housing Committee will convene and ultimately vote on whether to advance the 100% Affordable Housing Overlay proposal to the next step in the process.The proposal, which would help create more low and middle income homes in Cambridge, is one piece of a larger approach addressing to Cambridge's housing challenges. Learn more here.
The Community Benefits Advisory Committee is recommending four collaborative applications for Community Benefits planning grants of $30,000 each. Combined, the proposals represent the work of over 15 nonprofits. The lead applicants on these proposals are Cambridge Community Center, Community Art Center, De Novo and Just-A-Start, and the applicants propose a variety of approaches to addressing the three top tier needs previously identified in the Community Needs Assessment: 1) affordable housing and homelessness, 2) financial security and 3) mental health: behavioral health and substance abuse. The full proposals are now posted on the Cambridge Community Development Department website, under the Request for Proposals (RFP) tab. Congratulations to the grantees! Learn more here.