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What's New
2.18.14 FY15 MTW Plan (as approved by CHA's Board of Commissioners on 2.11.14) submitted to HUD 

Draft Plan Available: Friday, December 20, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Public Hearing Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Public Comments Due: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Application for Disposition of Millers River Apartments-Draft 10.25.13

Resident Art Contest-2013  |  10/10/2013
CHA's Annual Resident Art Contest! October 2013

CHA Publishes DRAFT Admissions and Continued Occupancy Plan for Public Comment

The CHA central office will be operating under a "summer hours" schedule from May 29th to August 31st.  During this period, CHA will be open longer on Monday through Thursday, but will be open only a half-day each Friday.  The schedule will be as follows:

The Cambridge Housing Authority is seeking Public Housing Residents and Section 8 Participants to sit on Conference and Grievance Panels.  Training for interested individuals has been scheduled for June 25 and 26th.

What is a Conference Panel?

A Conference Panel hearing is typically utilized by individuals who have been denied emergency status, terminated from the Section 8 program, denied a hardship waiver, or denied admission into public housing after reconsideration.  The Conference Panel consists of a CHA Commissioner, a designee of the CHA Executive Director, and a CHA Resident or Section 8 Participant.  The members of the Conference Panel determine whether the CHA’s decision was in accordance with the law, HUD regulations, and CHA policies.  

What is a Grievance Panel?

A Grievance Panel hearing is available to any Public Housing resident who has a dispute with respect to the CHA’s action or failure to act in accordance with the resident’s lease or CHA rules and regulations.  Typical actions include evictions, denied transfers, incorrect rent calculations, termination from the state voucher program, and legal or other adverse actions initiated by the CHA.  The Grievance Panel consists of 2 representatives of the CHA, 2 CHA Residents or Section 8 Participants, and one impartial person.  The members of the Grievance Panel determine whether the CHA’s action or inaction was in accordance with the law, HUD regulations, and CHA policies.  

What is the time commitment?

Conference Panel Hearings take place in the morning.  Grievance Panel Hearings take place in the evening. Each scheduled hearing date usually lasts from 1- 2 hours.  

What training is provided?

Members of the panel are required to attend the Conference/Grievance Panel Training prior to participating as a panelist.  There is a training scheduled on June 25 and 26, either for 2 evenings (Group B) or one day (Group A). Once trained, panel members will be placed on a list that the CHA’s Legal Department will rotate through for each panel.  On average, an individual will be contacted once every other month to serve on a panel.

What will the training consist of?

The Conference/Grievance Training will cover the following topics:
•    When Housing Benefits May Be Denied or Terminated
•    Basic Elements of Due Process
•    Reviewable vs. Non-reviewable Decisions
•    Authority of the Conference/Grievance Panel
•    Conference/Grievance Panel Hearing and Decision
•    Judicial Review and Special Considerations