City of Cambridge seal and the text CCPD: Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities. AccessLetter: News and Information for the Access-Minded
December 2022
City Manager Seeks Applicants
for CCPD Advisory Board
Apply by December 28!
Cambridge City Manager Yi-An Huang is seeking to fill vacancies on the Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities (CCPD) Advisory Board. 

CCPD works to increase access to all aspects of Cambridge community life for people with disabilities. CCPD raises awareness of disability issues and promotes equal opportunity for people with a range of abilities, including physical, mental, and sensory. CCPD also provides information, referrals, guidance, and technical assistance to individuals and their families, employers, public agencies, businesses and private non-profit organizations.  
Duties, Responsibilities, and Minimum Requirements include: 
  • Must be Cambridge residents representing different disabilities, diverse cultures and races, and all areas of Cambridge. 
  • Attend monthly meetings, currently held virtually on the second Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m.  
  • Take part in Working Groups and work on projects as needed.
  • Work with other members and the office staff to carry out the CCPD Ordinance (Cambridge Municipal Code Chapter 2.96).

The City of Cambridge is committed to advancing a culture of antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion. All board and commission members in Cambridge must have the ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies. Women, minorities, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.    

Applications can be submitted to the City Manager’s Office using the City’s online application system at A cover letter, resume or applicable experience can be submitted during the online application process. Paper applications are available in the City Manager’s Office at Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue.

Applications are due by Wednesday, December 28.  
Participatory Budgeting is Back: Vote for your Favorite Projects by December 11!
As part of its 9th Participatory Budgeting (PB) Cycle, the City of Cambridge invites the community to vote on projects to improve the city from December 1-11, 2022. This process is open to all Cambridge residents age 12 and older (and all 6th graders) regardless of citizenship status, including university students.

What am I voting on?

Voters can choose up to 5 projects to improve Cambridge out of 20 that
are on the ballot. Click the button below to see the full list.

When do I vote?

Anytime between now and Sunday, December 11, 2022!

How do I vote?

You may vote in one of three ways:

  • Online: online voting will be code authenticated; voters will enter their cell phone number or email on the PB website, a code will be sent to them via text message or email, and then they will enter that code online for one-time access to the ballot. The online ballot will be available in English, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Spanish, Portuguese, Amharic, Arabic, and Bangla.

  • By phone: you may call the Budget Office at 617-349-4270 during regular City business hours.

Need Help Paying Winter Heating Bills?
The Cambridge Fuel Assistance Program is accepting applications for the 2022-2023 season. The program helps low-income residents in Cambridge and Somerville pay their winter heating bills between November 1 and April 30. Renters and homeowners in both cities are eligible to apply if they meet federal income guidelines. Applications are accepted online, by email, postal mail, and in-person.
The Winter Warming Center is Now Open
The Winter Warming Center is a welcoming and safe drop-in center where unsheltered adults can spend the night and be safe from the environmental hazards of the street during the winter months. The Warming Center is located in the basement of the Cambridge Senior Center (806 Massachusetts Ave.). Guests use the entrance on Green Street to access the building. 

For the 2022-2023 season, which runs December 1, 2022 through April 30, 2023, the Warming Center will be available from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. seven days a week for adults experiencing homelessness to access a safe space, beverages and a meal, bathrooms, and the ability to rest on a yoga mat on the floor.

At all times, the maximum number of individuals allowed in the Warming Center will be 40 people in order to comply with social distancing and public health guidelines. When guests arrive, they will be asked to stay on site, will receive a health screening and safety check, and will store their personal belongings.
Note: The next CCPD meeting will be held via Zoom on 
Thursday, December 8 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. The meeting agenda will be posted online a minimum of 48 hours ahead of time.
Register to join the meeting on Zoom.
The Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities works to reduce and eliminate the barriers that people with disabilities experience in our community. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.