Hasson Rashid's 9/25/2017 Public Comment at Cambridge,MA City Hall Concerning and in Regards to the Homeless Rights to Housing, and the Proposed Amended Plan for the Foundry Bldg, Etc!

Hasson Rashid's 9/25/2017 Public Comment at Cambridge,MA City Hall Concerning and in Regards to the Homeless Rights to Housing, and the Proposed Amended Plan for the Foundry Bldg, Etc!

The City Mandated By HUD to Declare Excess City Owned Land and Facilities( Property), by Housing and Urban Development (HUD)!

  • Posted on: 25 September 2017
  • By: HRASHID

Peace, Security, and Sanity Be Unto You.

Hello everybody, I’m Hasson Rashid, I reside at 820 Massachusetts Avenue, my public comment is concerning CM#s 6, 14,15; Policy Order and Resolution List #2., and any other agenda item that directly or indirectly relates to homelessness.

To begin, I would like to thank the CPA Committee for adding restorations to the African Historic Trail Markers In the agenda’s funding notice( CMA#15.) The CPA Committee made an error in the title listing, of this year’s project funding line up, it should have read “African American Historical Trails Markers,” instead it read “Historic and African American Trail Markers.”

In continuing, I find it nebulous in the City’s Amended Plan claims that it has been or is playing fair with all of its residents and stakeholders, as of today the 25th of September 2017. If you didn’t know it the homeless are residents and stakeholders too. First of all, up until today the City has failed to mention anything about the availability of excess city owned properties and facilities, that could be utilized to address homelessness, in its Annual and Five Year Consolidated Federal Planning. The City is mandated by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to declare in these plans the availability of excess city owned properties and facilities, that could be utilized to address homelessness. The unused land, etc. was available, but the city at no time in the past and up until today mentioned it in any of its Annual or Five Year Consolidated planning, as required by HUD. It was and still is required by HUD to do so.

This is also a violation of the City’s “Disposition Ordinance Section 2.110.010.” The city is on record acknowledging that addressing homelessness is of its highest priorities, if so why weren’t the homeless granted their “Citizen Participatory” rights, etc., when it came to the Foundry Building, and also in helping to formulated, and be included in the use and destiny, of its unused facilities and properties, etc? Where is homeless involvement included, not in the Foundry Plan Amendment up before the Council today? Nor is there any homeless citizen participation or involvement, recorded in any of the official municipal records anywhere, related to the ideas and goals, of planning for the Foundry Building, etc. This is nebulous and discriminatory, and can also be looked at as a Fair Housing violation, and the erection of barriers to fair housing here in Cambridge. Also where is it recorded in itemized details the spending of the $6 Million Dollars that the former City Manager, Richard Rossi allotted to the Foundry Building for base building, or initial capital improvements?

Finally, what about the Foundry Building being used temporarily for the City of Cambridge’s “Warming Center?” The City state’s in its Amended Plans, that it desire to connect or join the Foundry Planning etc, with all of the neighboring development going on in Kendal Square. All that’s being said in and with this Proposed Amended Plan, once again, is “Not in My Back Yard (NIMBY),” to all the poor souls that comprise the homeless sector and mosaic. Thank You.
Mr. Hasson J. Rashid, Cambridge, MA, 9/25/17

http://cambridgema.iqm2.com/Citizens/SplitView.aspx?Mode=Video&MeetingID...
https://www.cctvcambridge.org/node/449021
https://homesforfamilies.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/affirmatively-furtheri...
http://homelesshub.ca/solutions/affordable-housing/nimby-not-my-backyard
cdbg_5yrplan_2016_2020-1.pdf
cdbg_capers_2017_draft.pdf