Affordable Housing

Affordable Rental Apartments

Helping individuals and families live securely and thrive.

We currently preserve and maintain nearly 600 affordable apartments across Cambridge that are home to 1,500 residents.

Residents benefit from professional property management and Community Coordinators who are dedicated to helping ensure that everyone feels supported and secure at home.

For more information about each of our affordable rental properties, please browse the property directory below. Each listing includes information about the property’s size, location, and features, as well as contact information for rental inquiries.

Our Properties


Rindge Tower Apartments

Located across the street from the Alewife MBTA station, the Rindge Tower Apartments are home to a diverse, vibrant community...

Linwood Court

The apartments at Linwood Court are part of the Squirrelwood Apartments community, alongside the Squirrel Brand building. Close to both...

Squirrel Brand

A former candy factory, the Squirrel Brand building now offers modern and affordable housing to residents between Central and Kendall...

Scouting Way

Scouting Way Apartments consists of three buildings and is located a short walk from Central Square. Two newly-constructed buildings and...

Elm Place

Located in Inman Square, Elm Place includes a historic renovation as well as newly constructed townhome-style apartments.

Bishop Allen

The Bishop Allen apartments are conveniently located steps away from Central Square. Recent renovations completely restored these buildings and recreated...

George Close

This historic former warehouse building was purchased from the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority in 1970 and converted into affordable apartments. The...

Hovey Avenue Apartments

The Hovey Avenue Apartments are conveniently located between Inman and Harvard Squares.

Elm Street


Berkshire Street


Otis Street


Churchill Place


Putnam Place


St. Patrick’s Place


Trembridge Apartments




Cardinal Medeiros


Norfolk Street

Rindge Commons Rendering

Rindge Commons North

Located across the street from the Alewife MBTA station, Rindge Commons North shares a site with Just A Start’s Rindge...

Affordable Homeownership and Condo Resale

There are more than 500 affordable homes in the City of Cambridge. Just A Start works with the City of Cambridge to maintain and re-sell these homes to provide affordable homeownership opportunities to more people.

When a current owner decides to sell their home, a new buyer is selected from the Homeownership Resale Pool administered by the City of Cambridge’s Housing Division. Buyers are selected through a lottery process with preference given to Cambridge residents and families with children.

Please visit the City’s website for more information about the affordable homeownership program.

Our portfolio of affordable homeownership properties includes:

“I’m a first-time homebuyer in the affordable housing program. I was drowning in rent increases, with no viable solution, and as a teacher on a low salary, there was no way for me to continue to be able to pay my basic bills. My rent was over 60% of my monthly salary.

The affordable housing program has been a life changer. Now, for the first time, at the age of 48, I am finally able to afford the cost of living in Cambridge, and I’m living in a safe home. Without the affordable housing program, I honestly don’t know where I’d be today.”

– T.S., affordable homebuyer

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