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 2016, $155.45 million dollars has been allocated for Cambridge CPA projects, including $124.36 million for affordable housing initiatives, $15.545 million for historical preservation projects and $15.545 million for open space projects. To date, the City has received $47 million in state matching funds, $91 million from local surcharges and $17 million from the CPA fund balance. 


Working Committee Meeting- Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 5:30 P.M.  Ackermann Room, Cambridge City Hall,  795 Mass. Ave

Public Hearing- Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at  6:00 P.M. Sullivan Chamber, Cambridge City Hall, 795 Mass. Ave.

Public Hearing- Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. Sullivan Chamber, Cambridge City Hall,  795 Mass. Ave.

Working Committee Meeting- Wednesday, September 7, 2016 5:30 P.M., Ackermann Room, Cambridge City Hall, 795 Mass. Ave.

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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