Cambridge Housing Authority’s 4-in-1 Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Modernization Triumph


In a momentous occasion that marked a significant step towards revitalizing public housing in Cambridge, the Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) recently celebrated a 4-in-1 ribbon-cutting event. The event marked the successful completion of modernization efforts at Truman Apartments, Porter Road, Putnam School, and Roosevelt Towers – a testament to the commitment of the CHA to provide safe and modern housing for the community.

The modernization of these four properties has been a multi-year endeavor aimed at improving the quality of life for residents while preserving the rich history of each location. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was a moment of pride, not just for the CHA, but for the entire Cambridge community.

Truman Apartments, with its new energy-efficient systems and updated amenities, now offers residents a more comfortable and sustainable living environment. Porter Road boasts improved accessibility features, new windows, full restorations, and an entire new roof. Putnam School, once an educational institution, now provides affordable housing with a focus on preserving its historic charm. Finally, Roosevelt Towers stands proud with a refreshed exterior, enhanced ventilation systems, and modernized apartments, ensuring residents live in comfort and safety.

The total amount of investment across the four properties was just over $84 million.

The event was attended by city officials, CHA representatives, and members of the community. The speeches echoed a sense of accomplishment and dedication to providing equitable housing for all residents. The revitalized properties reflect a commitment to affordable housing, energy efficiency, and community development.

The 4-in-1 ribbon-cutting symbolized not just the completion of construction but also the beginning of a brighter future for the residents in one of the most expensive rental markets in the country. These modernizations are not merely about bricks and mortar; they represent the transformation of lives and communities for generations to come.

As Cambridge Housing Authority’s mission to provide high-quality, affordable housing continues, the successful completion of this project serves as a beacon of hope, demonstrating what can be achieved through collaboration, innovation, and unwavering dedication to the well-being of the community.

Speakers included:

Michael Johnston, CHA Executive Director

Yi-An Huang, City of Cambridge City Manager

Sumbul Siddiqui, City of Cambridge Mayor

Dan Rivera, MassDevelopment President/CEO

Bob Cwieka, HUD Boston Director

Peter Hollands, Community Development Finance at Silicon Valley Bank Director

Dan Cooper, Housing Credit Investments Vice President

Tim Toomey, Retired Cambridge City Council Member and East Cambridge Resident