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Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) Board Vacancy for CHA/Affiliate Housing Resident

Cambridge Housing Authority Vacancy for Resident Board Member
Application Deadline: Monday, June 5, 2023

What is the Cambridge Housing Authority?

The Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) was established in 1935. It provides long-term rental housing and rental assistance. More than 10,000 low-income families, elders, and disabled individuals receive this assistance. CHA invests in Cambridge families and provides enhanced support to 10% of the city population. The CHA mission is to develop and manage safe, good quality, affordable housing for low-income individuals and families in a manner which promotes citizenship, community and self-reliance in one of the most expensive housing markets in the country.

What are the terms of appointment for the CHA Board?

The Board of Commissioners is a five-member Board with each member serving five years. One member is appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts; the remaining four members are appointed by the Cambridge City Manager and confirmed by the Cambridge City Council. All Board members must be residents of Cambridge, and one member must physically reside in CHA/affiliate owned housing. Currently, the city is seeking to fill the seat held by a resident of CHA/affiliate owned housing.

What is the role of the Cambridge Housing Authority Board?

The CHA Board oversees the Agency's direction. This includes approving:

  • Contract awards
  • Budget decisions
  • Formal submissions to state and federal funding agencies
  • Planning and reporting documents
  • Major policy decisions

Commissioners also serve as board members on CHA’s five non-profit affiliates. The Board appoints an Executive Director to oversee the housing authority and implement the Board’s policies.

What kind of skills/experience should members have?

For this vacant seat, applicants must be residents of CHA/affiliate-owned housing. Cambridge Housing Authority commissioners should believe in the mission of the Housing Authority and the urgent need for affordable housing in Cambridge. Preferred skills include:

  • Computer literacy to participate in hybrid meetings
  • Ability to interact with the public
  • Advocacy skills

Additionally, the City of Cambridge and CHA are committed to advancing a culture of antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Board members must have the ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies. Women, minorities, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

How can I apply to serve on the committee?

Applications to serve on the Board can be submitted using the City of Cambridge’s online application system at Cambridgema.gov/apply. A cover letter and resume or applicable experience may be submitted during the online application process. Paper applications are available in the City Manager’s Office at Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue.

The application deadline is Monday, June 5, 2023.

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