Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2018 #82
ORDER ADOPTED
Mar 26, 2018 5:30 PM

That the City Manager is requested to explore the possibility of accepting the City of Boston's invitation to join their intergenerational housing pilot program.

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Department:City Clerk's Office, AMSponsors:Councillor Alanna Mallon, Councillor Sumbul Siddiqui, Councillor E. Denise Simmons, Councillor Timothy J. Toomey
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

Intergenerational living is a policy alternative used to combat the affordable housing crisis in many cities, both nationally and internationally; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Cambridge is home to a large number of graduate and post-doc students attending local universities who compete for market rate housing, which often results in long term family units becoming short term rentals; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Cambridge is also home to a large population of seniors, many of whom want to “age in place” but face the challenges that come with being “overhoused”, such as high tax bills, trouble with day-to-day maintenance, and loneliness; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Pilot programs in New York, Cleveland, Boston, and elsewhere have been created to facilitate intergenerational living arrangements, which involve seniors renting spare rooms in their homes at below market rates to graduate or post-doc students, and on a case-by-case basis, these arrangements can include assistance with household tasks for an even lower rate; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

These pilot programs have shown numerous positive benefits of intergenerational living, particularly for senior participants; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The City of Boston is in the midst of piloting such a program; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Many of the graduate and post-doc applicants involved in Boston’s pilot are attending Cambridge universities, leading the City of Boston to explore extending an invitation to participate in its pilot to the City of Cambridge, should Cambridge accept that offer; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to consult with the Community Development Department, Council on Aging, community liaisons of Harvard, MIT, and Lesley Universities, our affordable housing nonprofits, and other relevant parties to explore the possibility of joining the City of Boston in expanding its intergenerational housing pilot program to the City of Cambridge; and be it further


 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager report back to the City Council on this matter in a timely manner.

 

Meeting History

Mar 26, 2018 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft

ROLL CALL 8-0-1

RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED