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., Ackermann Room
    Committee Meeting to vote on percent allocation of CPA expenditure categories.

Online Services

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