1964 Congress passes the Economic Opportunity Act

April 1965 CEOC Articles of Incorporation filed with the Massachusetts Secretary of State.

1965 Cambridge community comes together for first CEOC Board meeting

1968 CEOC surveys over 2060 seniors who state that based upon their income they cannot afford the cost of their housing.

1968 CEOC organizes a Housing Convention of over 900 individuals that promotes the need for Rent Control to address the crisis of the lack of affordable housing in Cambridge.

1970 President Richard Nixon pledges his commitment to family planning resulting in the enactment of Title X of the Public Health Service Act.

1971 CEOC collaborates with other Cambridge groups and tenants to pass Rent Control in Cambridge.

1972 CEOC opens its first Neighborhood Health Stations in North Cambridge at the M.E. Fitzgerald School, bringing primary care to the community and rather than individuals seeking care in the Cambridge Hospital emergency room.

1973 CEOC opens Neighborhood Health Stations in Donnelly Field and Riverside, bringing additional primary care to the community and further reducing the number of people who receive their primary care in the Cambridge Hospital emergency room.

1973 CEOC and the Neighborhood Health Stations’ Crisis Coalition successfully petition the Cambridge City Council to pass a city appropriation to permanently fund the five existing neighborhood health stations.

1973 CEOC establishes the Health Care Policy Council to advocate for the needs and interests of the residents of the neighborhoods for health services and to work in cooperation with then Commissioner of Health and Hospitals.

1973 CEOC receives federal Title X Comprehensive Family Planning funding.

1974 President Richard Nixon states his budget intention to dismantle the federal Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) thus abandoning the government’s commitment to Community Action Programs, threatening CEOC’s existence.

1976 CEOC is a party to a national court suit, which overturns President Nixon’s attempt to dismantle OEO. CEOC participates in a Cambridge public hearing before former Governor Francis Sargent and Congressman Thomas “Tip” O’Neill to advocate on behalf of CEOC and other community action agencies.

1978 During the Blizzard of 1978 snow emergency, CEOC distributes blankets, candles and cash benefits to hundreds of Cambridge residents to get them through the emergency.

1981 CEOC Know Your Body (KYB) Sexuality Education Program introduced into the 5th and 8th grades.

1986 CEOC organizes and launches Cambridge Health Advocates for Teens (CHAT), a group of community organizations and concerned individuals to plan and strategize for the establishment of a comprehensive Teen Health Center at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.

1988 CEOC and CHAT are successful in the opening of the Cambridge Rindge and Latin Teen Health Center, one of the first comprehensive teen health centers in Massachusetts.

1988 CEOC receives funding from the Cambridge Community Foundation to purchase a commercial refrigerator and opens the CEOC Food Pantry.

1990 Haitian Action Group established to address issues impacting Haitians in Cambridge.

1990 CEOC joins with other community organizations and individuals, especially Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) students to successfully advocate to make condoms available at the Teen Health Center to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS

1990 Cambridge Expiring Use Tenants Committee established at CEOC to advocate for the preservation and maintenance of expiring use property.

1991 CEOC coordinates with other community organizations and individuals, especially the CRLS students, to successfully advocate to make contraceptives available at the Teen Health Center to prevent unintended pregnancy.

1991 CEOC and the Cambridge Food Pantry Network (CFPN) organized the successful Ballot Referenda Campaign that passed overwhelmingly, establishing the “Cambridge Hunger Initiative.” This Initiative, the first of its kind in the country, established a city policy that “it is the right of every resident to accessible, safe, nutritious, culturally acceptable and affordable food without barriers or stigma.” The referendum’s passage of resulted in the establishment of city supplemental food funding for distribution through all the CFPN member pantries and meal sites

1994 Question 9 passes eliminating Rent Control statewide. December 31, 1995 Rent Control ends in Cambridge.

1996 CEOC and the Cambridge Expiring Use Tenants Committee file its first petition for state legislation to preserve and maintain the affordability of expiring use properties thus preserving the homes of thousands of low-income residents.

1996 CEOC begins participation in the CommonGround Project. A three-year comprehensive capacity building initiative of 14 community based non-profits that transformed CEOC into a dynamic, mission-driven and participatory organization.

1996 President William Clinton signs the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996- Welfare Reform.

1997 As a result of CEOC and the Cambridge Expiring Use Tenants Committee’s advocacy efforts, 808 Memorial Drive and 402 Rindge Ave expiring use properties receive Federal reservation funding and are preserved affordable.

1997 CEOC receives the City’s Fair Housing Committee Award for Innovations in fair housing.

1998 CEOC Teen Peer Leaders receive DPH’s Teen Peers of the Year Award.

2004 CEOC becomes a certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site preparing just 100 returns.

2004 CEOC sponsors the “Forum On Poverty in America- The Failure of Public Policy,” highlighting the increased poverty across the nation.

2005 CEOC receives Project Bread Walk for Hunger Award as a supporter of the walk for that year.

2005 CEOC Food Pantry receives the Cambridge First Award given by the city and MIT for extraordinary contributions to health and dignity of Cambridge residents.

2005 CEOC celebrates it 40th Anniversary with Dr. Paul Farmer as the Key Note Speaker and U.S Congressman Michael Capuano as an honored guest.

2006 Chapter 58 passes - An Act Providing Access to Affordable, Quality, and Accountable Health Care - Massachusetts Health Care Reform.

2009 CEOC as a VITA site now becomes an authorized Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) certification site. CEOC files over 2500 tax returns generating over $4.4m in earned income, child tax credits and federal and state refunds.

2009 CEOC appointed to the DHCD Preservation Advisory Committee to promote the affordable housing throughout the Commonwealth.

2009 Governor Deval Patrick signs into law “An Act Preserving Publically Assisted Affordable Housing” expiring use preservation legislation after 25-years of struggle. CEOC, present at the signing, receives a pen that used to sign the 40T legislation.

2010 CEOC receives federal American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) stimulus funding to expand and enhance its program services, advocacy, and education and organizing.

2010 CEOC receives Economic Security Champion designation from Wider Opportunities for Women as part of their national campaign to challenge poverty.

2010 CEOC receives the Cambridge Prevention coalition Outstanding Organization Award.

2010 CEOC continues its expiring use preservation activities through its advocacy on behalf of tenants at the Inman Square and 411 Franklin Street Apartments.

2011 Expiring Use buildings at 1221 Cambridge Street, 411 Franklin and Chapman Arms in Harvard Square are preserved as a result of 40T legislation.

2011 CEOC’s VITA program returns over $5 million in earned income and child tax credits, and federal and state refunds to filers.

2011 CEOC, after 37 years, turns over its family planning program to the Cambridge Health Alliance for better integration of services for patients.

2011 CEOC celebrates 45 years of community action with a gala event, with Dr. Paul E. Farmer as the keynote speaker

2012 The future of community action is yet to be determined…