Building homes, careers, and futures

At Just A Start, we build equitable and thriving communities by guiding individuals and families on their path to economic stability through affordable housing, career training, and comprehensive support services.

Serving Cambridge, MA and beyond for over 50 years

“A family needs a home. They need a job. In order to get a job, you need some training. You get all that through Just A Start. For me and my son, Just A Start brought hope to our life.”

– M.E., program participant


From affordable rental apartments to housing stabilization programs, we help residents in Massachusetts’ Metro North region to stay safe and secure at home.


We’re committed to ensuring that adults of all backgrounds have equitable access to career training, quality jobs, and sustaining career pathways.


With encouragement and support, we help young people reclaim their education, gain job skills, and become leaders in their communities.


Through free, high-quality financial coaching and education, we help community members maximize their financial resources and increase their economic stability.


Since 1968, we’ve been creating pathways to possibilities in Cambridge and surrounding communities. We’re dedicated to promoting equity by creating access to stable housing and building pathways to economic opportunity.



A caring community is powerful. Your contribution to Just A Start is a meaningful investment in the lives of 3,000 individuals and families – will you help us build homes, careers, and futures together?

Partner With Us

All of our programs are fee- and tuition-free to ensure that every participant has equitable access to resources that will help them succeed. Your partnership helps community members train for quality jobs, increase their economic mobility, and reach their full potential. Will you join us?

Community Support, Community Impact.

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