S2 Episode 2 : Why is the rent so damn high? (Housing Part 1)

Backyard Cambridge tackles arguably the biggest issue in Cambridge local politics today - affordable housing. We’re spending the next two episodes looking at the issue from all sides. Our goal is to figure out why it’s so difficult to find affordable housing in Cambridge. Has it always been like this? What government programs are there to help make housing more affordable? And what do local interest groups think we should do to make sure everyone has access to housing that’s affordable?

Check out www.backyardcambridge.com for additional resources for this episode, including our written article, which includes more detail about the specific policies and programs we’ve mentioned. You can also leave a comment on the piece with questions or suggestions. Take a look at our site’s other local resources, like our guide for Cambridge restaurants and news feed of upcoming events.

A Better Cambridge (Representative: Jesse Kanson-Benanav): http://www.abettercambridge.org/
Cambridge Residents Alliance (Representative: Lee Farris): http://www.cambridgeresidentsalliance.org/housing

Cambridge Housing Division: http://www.cambridgema.gov/CDD/housing.aspx
Housing Program Income Limits: http://www.cambridgema.gov/CDD/housing/resourcesandadditionalinformation/whatisaffordablehousing
Inclusionary Housing Program for Developers: http://www.cambridgema.gov/CDD/housing/fordevelopersandpropmanagers/inclusionarydevelopers
NLIHC “Out of Reach” Study 2017: http://nlihc.org/oor


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