Home Improvement Program

Just-A-Start Home Improvement Program (HIP) helps Cambridge residents and landlords preserve and stabilize homes.  The goal is to assist homeowners who have been unable to obtain sufficient financing and provide them with technical and/or financial assistance to upgrade the structural soundness and appearance of their homes.  This program works to stabilize the community and improve homes.  In over 30 years Just-A-Start HIP has assisted with the improvement of more  than 1,200  units of housing for low-and moderate income homeowners.  Over $14,000,000 of home improvements have been invested to enhance and stabilize neighborhoods.

With JAS assistance, homeowners may be able to get a new roof, create handicapped accessibility and update building systems along with other renovations.   HIP can assist homeowners in eliminating violations of the State Sanitary Code and upgrading  structural soundness.

Just-A-Start provides home rehabilitation specialists who work with the homeowners.  They:

  • Inspect the property to identify the rehabilitation needed,
  • Work with the homeowner to prioritize work needed,
  • Develop the written work specifications for the homeowner/applicants approval,
  • Prepare documents for construction bids,
  • Complete a financial analysis for the applicant to determine affordability and eligibility for funds and loans,
  • Assist with contractor selection by the owner,
  • Assist with loan arrangements,
  • Inspect construction work periodically, and
  • Process payments for the contractors.

How to apply:

Contact Alan LaBella (alanlabella(at)justastart.org  or 617-494-0444 x 314)

Multifamily Homeowner

Multifamily Homeowner

HIP Program - Elderly, lifelong Cambridge resident , owner-occupant of a three family home.  The homeowner was assisted through Just-A-Start’s Home Improvement Program in renovating two units for rental.  Included in the work, were electrical upgrades and two new heating systems.  Apartments are currently rented and the homeowner is completely satisfied.  Funding sources utilized were
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Single Family Homeowner

Single Family Homeowner

HIP Program - A retired elderly, low-income, 50 year Cambridge homeowner received assistance through Just-A-Start’s Home Improvement Program to gut rehab his single family historical mansard home.  Funding sources were Community Development Block Grant Funds, Historical Commission CPA Grant, Monotomy Weatherization Funds, Lead Abatement Grant and Just-A-Start YouthBuild assistance.  He is now comfortably living in
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