Hasson Rashid's Written Public Comment to Today's Cambridge City Council Meeting in Regards to Homelessness being Excluded and Possibly Trashed!

Hasson Rashid's Written Public Comment to Today's Cambridge City Council Meeting in Regards to Homelessness being Excluded and Possibly Trashed!

What was the Cause of the Exclusion? Was it to Suppress the Adding of Homelessness Truth to the Equation?

  • Posted on: 16 November 2020

Peace Be Uto You,
Dear Cambridge,
My predictions came true once again, that is I offered and submitted a Written Public Comment to today's City Council meeting, due to being unable to do so orally. OA citizen has the right to submitt Written PublicComments to be read and submitted into the record, according to municipal policy,ordiances, and rules. The city clerk and the mayor failde to give my Written Public Comment atmosphere at today's city council meeting. I have submitted Written Public Comments in the past sucessfully. What was the cause of the exclusion? Was it to suppress the adding of homelessness to the equation, or was it an act of social cowardness? Miss Heather Hoffman was allow to make publi comment twice today at the council meeting,the rules say that each person is allow only three minutes a piece to make apublic comment. My prediction in my Written Comment came true, our municipal policy makers excluded any input concerning the homeless segment of our community.What does this mean? I have tried to explain it all inmy Written Publi Comment, CCTV Blog that follows. Yours In Peace Mr. Hasson Rashid:

Dear City Clerk
I'm submitting a Written Public Comment to be read and added to today's city council meeting and record. I won't be able to attend today's council meeting to orally comment, so I'm sending in a Written Comment,it should serve the same function and purpose as an oral public comment submission. It is as follows:

Peace Be Unto To You,
Hello everybody, I'm Hasson Rashid, I reside at 820 Massachusetts Avenue,my Written Public Comment is on Policy Order and Resolution List, Item # 2. Update on City-Owned Vacant Properties Inventory Vice Mayor Mallon, Mayor Siddiqui, Councillor Simmons, Councillor Nolan POR 2020 #261.

Dear City Council members, remember "Charrette 2015 on Homelessness Week in Cambridge,MA (9/15-16, and 18)" held at the the Cambridge YWCA and the Hotel Sheraton? One of the discussion themes was "Increase Housing Supply for those experiencing Homelessness." The council will hopefully address an item that calls for an inventory of vacant property and relating issues. I'm on official city records addressing the council to use vacant city own properties to address and house homeless people. I think that the transfer of these properties should be transferred and turned, over to community collaboration groups such as the Alliance of Cambridge Tenants (ACT) and the Cambridge Continuum of Care (CoC),etc., for fixing these unoccupied properties up and moving the homeless in. This will help towards reversing policies that contribute to the city's affordable housing crisis.

For to long has our local municipal policy makers (City Hall) been guilty of helping to hoard public lands. Now other suitable public land opportunities are being available for City Hall to help in closing the homeless housing gap from the ground up, by developing and constructing homeless housing. The City Hall has failed in the past in doing justice to the homeless segments of our community by cowardly not opening the way for construction and development, of homeless housing at other parcels of public properties. I’m almost certain that homeless housing will definitely be left out of the equations and considerations at today's city council meeting.

Housing that are affordable to people at a wide range of income levels are in short supply across Cambridge, Massachusetts. Significant inequities in access to housing still exist, creating disparate impact. The homeless and renters at the lowest income levels face the greatest challenges with housing cost. Now in Cambridge our homeless service systems have become increasingly bottleneck by scarcity of decent housing at sustainable cost, and achieving our shared goal of ending homelessness remains out of reach.

City Council's conversations today on vacant public properties, housing affordability, and homelessness should begin to take center stage here in Cambridge. Partnerships to align thinking and discussion should be the mathematics and order of the day, in the local affordable homeless housing arena here in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Expanding housing access to people who are at risk of or are experiencing homelessness, should always be foremost in the mentality and mindset of local politicians and others linked to the affordable homeless poverty housing arena. Until this actually happens, the state of affordable housing in Cambridge, Massachusetts will remain abnormal.

Finally, I close with a reference for you all, especially City Policy Makers to read and reflect on, the Bible’s PSALM 82: 3-5 (The Passion Translation (TPT) “Defend the defenseless, the fatherless and the forgotten, the disenfranchised and the destitute. Your duty is to deliver the poor and the powerless; liberate them from the grasp of the wicked). Thank You.

Yours In Peace
Hasson Rashid
Concerned Citizen