Hasson J. Rashid

CCTV, Alliance of Cambridge Tenant (ACT) , Cambridge MA
I have earned a BS in Human Service, MS in Human Service,one and a half years as a doctoral candidate at Capella University. I host two TV programs on "BeLive" at CCTV Cambridge,MA entitled 'Human Service News and information," and "The History,Community Life, and Diversities of Muslim Americans in...
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June 30, 2015 - 9:06pm PEACE BE UNTO TO YOU EXCLUSION OF THE HOMELESS SECTOR,IS TRANSPIRING IN OUR MIDST, RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES, IN REGARDS TO THE "VOLPE CENTER." IN ACTUALITY THE "GENERAL SERVICE ADMINISTRATION (GSA)/VOLPE CENTER" IS IN VIOLATION OF "HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD)"MANDATES, PERTAINING TO "HOMELESSNESS." THE NORTH EASTERN "GSA" OFFICIALS ARE GUILTY OF A DISREGARD FOR FEDERAL "TITLE V," MANDATES, ETC. UNDER "TITLE V" OF THE "McKINNEY-VENTO HOMELESSNESS ACT OF 1987," HOMELESS SERVICE PROVIDERS HAVE A RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL TO ACQUIRE SURPLUS PROPERTY, AT NO COST BEFORE THE PROPERTY CAN BE OFFERED TO STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT, OR BE SOLD TO GENERATE REVENUE FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NO LONGER HAS USE FOR A PROPERTY, THE PROPERTY IS USUALLY DECLARED TO BE SURPLUS. THE "VOLPE CENTER ADMINISTRATION" CIRCUMVENTED AND REMOVED, THE LOCAL HOMELESS SECTOR AND MOSAIC, FROM THE PLANNING EQUATION FOR THE VOLPE, IN VIOLATION OF FEDERAL MANDATES. UNDER THE GSA’S PLAN, A DEVELOPER WOULD ACQUIRE THE RIGHT TO BUILD OUT PARTS OF THE PROPERTY IN EXCHANGE FOR A COMMITMENT TO CONSTRUCT A MODERN RESEARCH FACILITY FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. THE "MCKINNEY-VENTO ACT... read more
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June 23, 2015 - 8:52pm PEACE BE UNTO YOU, HELLO EVERYBODY, I’M HASSON RASHID, AND I RESIDE AT 820 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, TODAY, I’M HERE TO COMMENT ON “AWAITING REPORT LIST ITEM# 15-03,15-53; AND COMMUNICATION # ITEM#1, AND ANY OF THE OTHER ITEMS ON TODAYS AGENDA THAT I MAY HAVE MISSED ANNOUNCING.” ON JUNE 16, 2015 THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, PUBLIC BUILDINGS, AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE, HELD A HEARING ON TITLE V OF THE McKINNEY-VENTO HOMELESSNESS ACT OF 1987, TO EXAMINE IT’S SURPLUS PROPERTY PROVISION. MARIA FOSCARINIS OF THE NATIONAL LAW CENTER ON HOMELESSNESS AND POVERTY, GAVE TESTIMONY ON THE TITLE V OF THE McKINNEY –VENTO HOMELESS ASSISTANT ACT DURING THE HEARING. OTHERS ALSO GAVE TESTIMONIES CONCERNING THE ACT. YOU’LL FIND THEM ADDED AS LINKS AT THE END OF THIS WRITTEN PUBLIC COMMENT. THE HEARING WAS TITLED “SAVING TAXPAYER DOLLAR IN FEDERAL REAL ESTATE: REDUCING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S SPACE FOOTPRINT,” THE HEARING EXAMINED WAYS OF REFORMING HOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DISPOSES OF ITS SURPLUS PROPERTY. WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NO LONGER HAS USE FOR A PROPERTY, THE PROPERTY IS USUALLY DECLARED TO BE SURPLUS. UNDER TITLE V,... read more
June 17, 2015 - 9:45pm PEACE BE UNTO YOU, I’M HASSON RASHID, I RESIDE AT 820 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE. MY RECOMMEND FOR A COMMUNITY PRESERVATION ACT FUNDING PROJECT FOR APPROVAL, IS CONTINUATION OF A PROJECT THAT I SUBMITTED IN THE RECENT PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING (PB) PROCESS FOR CONSIDERATION, THAT DID NOT MAKE THE CUT, INTO THE FINAL SELECTION FOR PB FUNDING. THE PROJECT WAS A REQUEST FOR FUNDING TO HIRE A CONSULTANT THAT WOULD HELP HAVE THE FOUNDRY BUILDING CONVERTED INTO AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR OUR HOMELESS SECTOR, AND TO HELP IN MEETING THE MOUNTING DEMAND FOR HOMELESS HOUSING, AND TO HELP THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE, MA TO REDUCE HOMELESSNESS. MY CURRENT EFFORTS TO PRESENT A REVISED VERSION OF THE SAME PROJECT FOR COMMUNITY PRESERVATION ACT (CPA) FUNDING, IS ALSO TO SECURE AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING CONVERSION AT THE FOUNDRY BUILDING, AND POSSIBLY OTHER LOCATIONS. THE FUNDING WILL BE USED TO OBTAIN THE SERVICES OF AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS FRIENDLY CONSULTANT, TO WORK WITH THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE,MA, IT’S HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, IT'S DEPAPRTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH, THE CAMBRIDGE REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, THE CAMBRIDGE CONTINUUM OF CARE, THE SENIOR POLICY GROUP TO END HOMELESSNESS,AND OTHER HOMELESSNESS... read more
June 17, 2015 - 9:12pm PEACE BE UNTO YOU, HELLO EVERYBODY, I’M HASSON RASHID, I RESIDE AT 820 MASSACHUSETT AVENUE. TODAY MY PUBLIC COMMENT IS ON CITY MANAGER’S AGENDA ITEMS # 21,22, 23, 24; CALENDAR ITEMS #1; AWAITNG REPORTS ITEM# 15-03 (14-113), 15-53; AND ANY OTHER AGENDA ITEMS PERTAINING TO HOMELESSNESS,POVERTY CONCERNS AND ISSUES. IN REGARDS TO PREPARING APPROPRIATE ZONING LANGUAGE FOR RECOMMENDED CHANGES TO THE INCENTIVE ZONING PROVISIONS, AS SET FORTH IN SECTION 11.201 OF THE ZONING ORDINANCE, ENTITLED DEFINITIONS, WITH THE "SUBTITLE" OF "ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLDS," IT REPRESENTS A SOCIAL EXCLUSION OF THE HOMELESS SECTOR AND MOSAIC, AND DOESN’T MAKE REFERENCE TO AN IMPROVEMENT OF THE LIVES OF THE HOMELESS. ITEM 23 OF THE CITY MANAGERS AGENDA REFERS TO THE SUPPORTING OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES THAT INCLUDE ACQUISITION, MODERATE REHABILITATION, SUBSTANTIAL REHABILITATION, AND NEW CONSTRUCTION OF HOUSING UNITS FOR LOW- AND MODERATE- INCOME FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS. ACCORDING TO THE FIVE YEAR CONSOLIDATED PLAN GOALS AND THE ANNUAL PLAN GOALS FOR FY 2016 TO 2020,I FIND THAT THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE IS ACTUALLY IN NON COMPLIANCE. FOR SEVERAL YEARS THE FOUNDRY BUILDING, CITY OWNED PROPERTY... read more
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June 14, 2015 - 6:40pm HUMAN SERVICE NEWS AND INFORMATION TV PROGAM from Hasson Rashid on Vimeo. read more
June 13, 2015 - 2:09pm Black-O-Scope Promo Trailer from The Black-O-Scope on Vimeo. Don't Miss This Exciting New TV Show - June 13 & 14 Watch This New TV Show on Newsmax TV June 13 and June 14 June 13 - 8:00 AM EST June 13 - 3:00 PM EST June 14 - 8:00 AM EST Check Local Listing For Exact Broadcast Time View Trailer at: https://vimeo.com/129094379 Copyright © 2015 National Black Republican Association, All rights reserved. unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences read more
June 12, 2015 - 5:41pm How Can We, as a Community, Better Help and House People Who are Homeless in Cambridge? Lend Your Voice. Bring Your ... Experiences, Thoughts, Ideas, Interest, Knowledge, Concerns, Questions, and Hopes. June 24, 2015 at Central Square Branch Library; 25th, 2015 at 5 Callender Street. Sponsored by The Source for Housing Solution (CSH), and The City of Cambridge's Department of Human Service Program's Planning and Development. Please contact by June 19 at 617-349-6206 or e-mail schevalier@cambridgema.gov. Other than requests for interpretation or child care, no reservation or advance notice is necessary: just show up. read more
June 6, 2015 - 5:37pm Peace Be Unto You, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, ANOTHER ACT OF EXCLUSION OF THE HOMELESS SECTOR,IS TRANSPIRING IN, OUR MIDST, RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES, IN REGARDS TO THE VOLPE CENTER. IN REALITY THE VACANT PROPERTY AND FACILITIES, AT THE VOLPE CENTER,REPRESENTS A REAR GOD SENT OPPORTUNITY AS A PLACE, SUITABLE,THAT CAN HELP FILL THE VACUUM THAT EXIST IN CAMBRIDGE FOR HOMELESS HOUSING. THE LOCAL AND REGIONAL GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION'S (GSA) IS GUILTY WITH INTENTIONS FOR EXCLUDING THE LOCAL HOMELESSNESS MOSAIC AND SECTOR, FROM AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES, IN AND ON CITY OWN PROPERTIES. IN ACTUALITY THE GSA/VOLPE CENTER IS IN VIOLATION OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT MANDATES, PERTAINING TO HOMELSESSNESS. THE NORTH EASTERN GSA OFFICIALS ARE GUILTY OF A DISREGARD FOR FEDERAL TITLE V, ETC., MANDATES, GSA HAVE BEEN LED TO PARTICIPATE IN A LOCAL DISREGARD FOR FEDERAL TITLE V MANDATES. INSTEAD OF NOTIFYING THE PUBLIC THAT THERE WAS VACANT LAND AND FACILITIES, AVAILABLE FOR ADDRESSING HOMELESSNESS NEEDS, THEY CIRCUMVENTED THIS TO PUBLICIZED THAT A NEW FEDERAL BUILDING WAS IN NEED, AND ARE CURRENTLY ADVERTISING FOR PROPSPECTIVE DEVELOPERS TO FOOT THE BILL. THE LOCAL GSA FAILED TO INCLUDE... read more
June 2, 2015 - 8:34pm I’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read more
June 2, 2015 - 6:34pm https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3SgZW16Hj3aaElXVXJxYW1EQjg/view?usp=sh... read more
June 1, 2015 - 9:52pm On April 30 to May 1st, the 9th Annual Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference was held at the Sheraton Monarch Place Hotel In Springfield, MA. Participants were greeted with a breakfast that begin at 8AM in the Grand Ballroom, on Thursday, April 30, and also at 8:30 AM on Friday, May 1, 2015. Jamie R. Williamson Commissioner & Chair, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) open the conference with welcoming greetings to attendees, in the Grand Ballroom. The feature speaker was Dr. Joseph McNeil, a retired Major in the United States Air Force, who is best know as a member of the Greensboro Four; a group of Black American college students who, on February 1, 1960, sat down at a segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, challenging the store’s policy of denying service to non-white customers. Joseph McNeil told a room of 500 attendees how much had hung in the balance for him at the time. A first-year student at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, he feared that he could end up in jail and disastrously interrupt his college career. (Fortunately, his fears were not realized and he went on to graduate... read more
May 25, 2015 - 11:37pm Peace Be Unto You, On May 23, 2015 an article appeared in the Cambridge Chronicle entitled " Supply Succeeds Demand for Low Income Housing." I attempted to submit a comment to the article, but my attempts were unsuccessful, so that situation led to me posting my comment on the CCTV Blog. The Chronicle editor noted that the article was the fifth and final, part of a mini weekly series on housing. My intended comment and response, to the article is as follows: Peace Be Unto You, Its very difficult to believe the Michael Johnston I think, I know, would commit to say such a thing as “ the real issue is the lack of middle class housing in the city,” as it appear in this article entitled “ Supply Succeeds Demand for Low Income Housing. “ I have a workable knowledge of what Mr. Johnston is all about, or what his professional role and purpose, are at the Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA). . CHA’s official mission is to render service to our low income population, that’s its primary function. In reality, that is the real issue at the CHA. Mr. Johnston role at Deputy Director, or a member of upper management, is to help insure that CHA stay on course with mission driven objectives and... read more
May 22, 2015 - 8:31pm Peace Be Unto You, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is at fault for allowing a sale of the Sullivan Court House to proceed, when it is actually in compliance violations, with the Federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Consolidation Plan, and its Reporting requirements. One federal mandate of Moving to Work (MTW) agencies, in which the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development(DHCD) happens to be,is that it failed to include information, pertaining to available vacant state owned properties,that can be converted and utilize,for accommodating homelessness housing priorities.The state government hast failed to notify the federal government that this land was vacant, and forged ahead with sale arrangements with Legatt McCall Properties. In reality it all boils down to a sophisticated plot to errecet barriers, to keep the homeless sector from securing affordable housing accommodations, at vacant Commonwealth or government property(s). The state transferred property for $1 in Aug. 2010, in Agawam, MA, for the $14 million housing project for the homeless.The same could be done with the Sullivan Court House, in compliance with HUD’s Consolidated Plan mandates, etc. The... read more
May 21, 2015 - 6:53pm MAY 18, 2015 PEACE BE UNTO YOU: HELLO EVERYBODY, I’M HASSON RASHID, AND I RESIDE AT 820 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE. ON MAY 2, A HOMELESS MAN WAS VIOLENTLY ASSAULTED, WHILE HE WAS SLEEPING IN HARVARD SQUARE. I THINK THAT VIOLENCE AGAINST MEMBERS OF THE HOMELESS SECTOR, SHOULD BE ENACTED INTO LAW, OR LEGISLATED AS A HATE CRIME. THAT ISN’T WHAT I’M HERE TODAY TO COMMENT ON, MY COMMENT WILL BE ABOUT ITEMS# 6,7 ON THE CITY MANAGER'S AGENDA; 15-03,15-05 FROM AWAITING REPORTS; 5,6 FROM POLICY ORDER AND RESOLUTION, AND ANY OTHER AGENDA ITEMS THAT PERTAINS TO THE HOMELESS SECTOR. FIRST OF ALL, I THINK THAT ANY CREDIBLE MEASURES THAT OUR CITY’S POLICY MAKERS TAKE TO EASE AND ERADICATED, HOMELESS IS WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN GOLD. IT IS GOOD THAT THE AGENDA IS FILLED WITH ITEMS THAT RELATE TO ADDRESSING THE CONTINUUM OF HOMELESS HOUSING NEEDS. SECONDLY, I THINK THAT THE CITY IS IN VIOLATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT'S (HUD) MANDATES, PERTAINING TO DECLARING VACANT CITY OWNED PROPERTY, AS BEING AVAILABLE FOR ACCOMMODATING HOMELESS HOUSING NEEDS, IN COMPLIANCE WITH ANNUAL AND CONSOLIDATED PLANNING AND REPORTING. I’M TALKING ABOUT THE FOUNDRY BUILDING LYING VACANT AND IDLE, FOR... read more
May 11, 2015 - 7:29pm This past Saturday, May 9th, Arise for Social Justice in Springfield, MA held the first of over 15 Renter Nation Assemblies scheduled to take place around the country this year. The Assemblies are part of Right to the City’s Homes For All Campaign, a national movement to increase awareness of the housing crisis and implement resident-driven solutions to the massive displacement and housing instability the crisis has imposed. Over 150 visionary community members converged to decide on a common platform to fight for tenants in Springfield.Willie Baptist was the keynote speaker. Baptist is a formerly homeless father and veteran of the Watts uprisings, the Black Student Movement, and the labor movement (United Steelworkers). He has 40 years of experience organizing amongst the poor and is a current board member of Picture the Homeless. “Willie came to Arise four or five times in the year preceding the formation of Sanctuary City in 2004, our tent city for the homeless,” says Christina Densmore, a formerly homeless Arise board member and one of the founders of Sanctuary City. “He was so inspiring that when a shelter closed and we had nowhere to go, we had the courage to organize a... read more
May 11, 2015 - 12:18pm At least 29 states post financial disclosure reports for lawmakers and other public officials on the Web, making it easy to see their investments and potential sources of conflicts with a few clicks. Most other states make the filings readily available for free to those who show up in person. But not Massachusetts, which has set up a virtual gantlet to see the filings, even though the whole point of collecting the financial information is to inform the public. In this state, residents must first show a photo ID and fill out a written request. And they are warned that a copy of the request will then be forwarded to the public officials to let them know who peeked at their filings. Additionally, statements of financial interest aren’t always available to view the same day or for free as the law intended. And if you ask to see a lot of the reports, be prepared for an especially long wait and a hefty bill. When the Globe asked to view this year’s reports for all 3,800 officials who file them, the State Ethics Commission said it would take “a number of months” to make the documents available. And it would only do so if the Globe submitted a cashier’s check payable to the Commonwealth... read more
May 7, 2015 - 10:06pm Peace Be Unto You, Dear Cambridge, I hope the following words that I have to humbly share with you all, find you all in the best of health and spirits. As you know now and are well aware of,according to the latest issue of Cambridge Chronicles(5/7/2015), an article by Reporter Feijo,the city manager,the city council,and the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority (CRA) have completed their initial steps in consolidating the Foundry Building for vested interest purposes.For months now, I have been advocating for the Foundry Building to be converted into housing,that will accommodate our local continuum of homelessness. Believe me now when I say that,the federal and state government policy makers have mandated the easing and eradicating, of homelessness,as the highest priorities to pursue with government funding,etc., but yet locally our so-called municipal policy makers, are insisting on pursuing a legislating course of excluding the local homelessness mosaic and sector, from affordable housing opportunities, in and on city own properties. Before I proceed, let me remind you of the uncredible past of how the city manager ascended to public office,the uncredibilty of the city council in... read more

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