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Policy + Technology Lab

The Policy and Technology Lab (PTLab) connects academia to public administrators in the affordable housing field creating an analytical decision-making framework for new and existing programs.The PTLab is structured as a fellowship program but time commitment and duration may vary by project. Fellowships could span a summer, a semester, or a full year.

The work product of the PTLab will improve CHA’s business processes, help clients move towards economic selfsufficiency, and contribute to the body of research that shapes a broader national debate on subsidized and affordable housing.


Current Projects at PTLab

Adult Education 
CHA is working to develop new incentives and supports for adult residents currently pursuing or interested in enrolling in continuing education and job training programs. The Lab will use a survey developed by a fellow to gauge the interest of residents and assess what incentives may be most helpful to residents pursuing educational and economic goals. 

Internet Accessibily 
The PTLab is researching options to increase internet access and usage among public housing residents. A survey will be conducted and targeted focus groups will be held during fall 2012 in order to gauge current usage and barriers to access. The results of these inquiries will also inform future programs or policies that CHA may develop. 

Banking 
CHA is working to identify the most appropriate ways to connect CHA residents to the formal banking system. Many residents currently rely on check cashing places, money orders, and other high-fee services. Through surveys and focus groups, CHA is working to understand the financial needs and challenges facing residents, and to develop appropriate responses. 

 

Questions may be directed to:

MARTHA TAI
mtai@cambridge-housing.org

 

 

 News from the PTLab 
Download 2012 PTLab Brochure