Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2019 #20
ORDER ADOPTED
Jan 14, 2019 5:30 PM

That the City Manager is requested to confer with the Community Development Department and the City’s legal services providers on establishing a system of information-sharing and/ or alternative method for making available that data which may be of beneficial use to the City in analyzing displacement.

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, SSSponsors:Councillor Sumbul Siddiqui, Councillor E. Denise Simmons, Councillor Alanna Mallon, Councillor Dennis J. Carlone
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

At the December 10, 2018 meeting of the City Council, the Community Development Department presented its response to Awaiting Report #18-58 dated May 21, 2018, a report on its eviction data collection which assembled publicly available data retrieved from Massachusetts court system electronic records on eviction complaints filed between 2013 and 2017; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The Community Development Department noted that although it does have a host of anecdotal data on factors causing forced displacement, such as instances of tenants vacating due to rent increases, the lack of sufficiently available and quantifiable data makes it difficult to determine direct causes for displacement; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The City Council observed that--in addition to the need for a more fastidious process of data collection and analysis by the Community Development Department--the City’s legal services partners may be an excellent source for further quantitative data that might serve to better inform the City’s understanding of eviction trends and patterns and consequently its targeted prevention efforts; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The City would therefore greatly benefit from working with its legal service provider partners to establish a mechanism and/or protocol for sharing detailed eviction outcomes data (see attachment for list of example variables); now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Community Development Department and the City’s legal services providers on establishing a system of information-sharing and/or alternative method for making available that data which may be of beneficial use to the City in analyzing displacement; and be it further


 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on this matter in a timely manner.

 

 

Meeting History

Jan 14, 2019 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft

AFFIRMATIVE VOTE OF 9 MEMBERS

RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED