Shanice, the young mother of a 7-year-old and a 2-year-old, was shocked and frightened when she received notice from the Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) that within 48 hours an eviction moving truck would be at her door. CHA alleged Shanice owed back rent, and had not appeared in court on her scheduled date. In fact Shanice had never received the initial summons and had been unaware of her court date.
Currently, CASLS is involved in the following legislative efforts at the state level seeking
passage of a state law to expand housing opportunities by creating a preference for homeless and/or those at imminent risk of homelessness in buildings financed by MassHousing and other quasi-government entities which hold a portfolio of over 30,000 residential units.
to amend the eviction storage bill to preserve homeless tenants’ right to have control over where their belongings are being stored.
"Ms. Brown's" life took a severe turn for the worse when she suffered the crippling stroke that left her seriously debilitated. Following brain surgery, she could not walk, could not use her left arm or left leg, could not see out of her left eye, and could not hear out of her left ear. She was forced to quit the job she loved as an assistant in a veterinary office, and faced a daily struggle to perform the most basic tasks like eating and bathing.
For over 40 years, Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services (CASLS) has provided free legal assistance to low income families and individuals residing in Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Belmont, Woburn, and Winchester.