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.
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.