Cambridge Needs Assessment
Between 2010 and 2013, mitigation funds designated to be used for community benefits purposes have been pledged to the City of Cambridge through zoning amendments and agreements with developers. These funds acquired through these amendments and agreements with developers are public monies to be used for Community Benefits purposes. Committed funds are received upon completion of various stages in new development projects. To put these funds to good use a lead idea suggested by City Council is to use the funds to partner with the nonprofit community in order to expand services to benefit Cambridge residents and better meet residents' unmet needs.
Since the idea's conception, the City has worked with the Cambridge Community Foundation and representatives of the Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition to discuss collaboration on the development of a transparent and inclusive framework for understanding the community's needs. The first step of this process is to conduct a comprehensive Needs Assessment. The primary purpose of the Needs Assessment is to gain an in-depth understanding of the community's most pressing needs and service gaps. The results of the Needs Assessment will be two-fold:
- Enable City Council to make informed decisions in establishing broad funding goals; and
- Inform the City Manager's forthcoming Community Benefits Advisory Committee to develop recommendations for the investment of mitigation funds tied to the City Council's broad funding goals.