Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2018 #200
ORDER ADOPTED AS AMENDED
Jul 30, 2018 5:30 PM

That the City Manager is requested to contract with an outside survey company to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of inclusionary tenants' experiences, with a particular emphasis on biased practices.

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, AMSponsors:Councillor Alanna Mallon, Councillor E. Denise Simmons, Councillor Sumbul Siddiqui, Mayor Marc C. McGovern
Category:Policy Order

Attachments

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  2. ORIGINAL ORDER

Body

WHEREAS:

The City’s 20% Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance requires that affordable units meet the same high building, design, and material standards of the market rate units in a development; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Material equality alone is not enough to end stigma and biased practices against individuals and families residing in designated affordable units; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The City and individual City Councillors have only anecdotal evidence of bias against inclusionary tenants, even though this bias is known to be systematic; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Previous surveys by the Community Development Department of inclusionary tenants have not specifically addressed the topic of bias they may experience from neighbors, tenants’ associations, landlords, or management companies; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to work with the Community Development Department to contract with an outside survey company to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of inclusionary tenants’ experiences with particular emphasis on biased practices; and be it further


 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council at the September 17, 2018 City Council meeting.

 

Meeting History

Jul 30, 2018 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED AS AMENDED