Community Preservation Act

The Community Preservation Act (CPA) was created by a state law (MGL Chapter 44B) to help cities and towns preserve the character of their community. In 2002, Cambridge residents voted to adopt the CPA which allowed a 3% surcharge on Property Tax bills to fund affordable housing, open space, and historic preservation projects.  

Through 2014, $131 million dollars has been allocated for Cambridge CPA projects, including $105 million for affordable housing initiatives, $13 million for historical preservation projects and $13 million for open space projects. To date, the City has received $44 million in state matching funds, $75 million from local surcharges and $12 million from the CPA fund balance. 


  • Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 6:00 PM
    City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd floor conference rm.
    Public Meeting on project recommendations.
  • Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM
    Citywide Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave., 1st floor ballroom
    Public Hearing on allocation category percentages.
  • Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 6:00 PM
    City Hall, 795 Mass. Ave., Sophie Anastos Room
    Committee Meeting to vote on projects to be funded in FY15 and the percentage allocation to CPA expenditure categories (affordable housing, historic preservation and open space)

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Contact Information

Chair - Lisa Peterson,
Deputy City Manager

Principal Budget Analyst - Angela Pierre

Budget Office - 617-349-4267

Sr. Management Analyst - Karen Preval

City Manager's Office - 617-349-4221

795 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge MA 02139


Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm