Affordable Housing

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Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds for affordable housing are allocated to the Cambridge Affordable Housing Trust and are used by the Trust to preserve or create affordable housing through financing:

  • Preservation of affordable housing with expiring use restrictions;
  • Acquisition of existing buildings;
  • New construction and conversion of commercial, industrial and other non-residential buildings;
  • First-Time Home Buyer's Financial Assistance programs;
  • Revitalization of state-assisted Public Housing.

Continued Need for Affordable Housing:

  • Despite the preservation of affordability at 6 properties with 423 units since 2011, there remain 670 affordable units' restrictions which will expire by 2020.
  • There are 9,315 distinct households on the Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) waiting lists for affordable rental housing; there are 992 applicants currently in the Community Development Department (CDD) rental and homeownership applicant pools.
  • In order to afford the median market asking rent of $3,000 for a two-bedroom apartment in Cambridge, a two-earner household being paid Cambridge’s living wage would each have to work more than 78 hours per week to afford the rent.
  • The median market price for condominium in Cambridge was $510,000 in  2013, which would require an income of more than $123,000 per year to purchase without a significant down payment.

Median Market Asking Rents September 2013:

  • 1 bedroom $2,385
  • 2 bedroom $3,000
  • 3 bedroom $3,200

Who are CPA Funds Serving?

Rental Housing


Online Services

Contact Information

Chair - Lisa Peterson,
Deputy City Manager

Principal Budget Analyst - Angela Pierre

Budget Office - 617-349-4267

Sr. Management Analyst - Karen Preval

City Manager's Office - 617-349-4221

795 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge MA 02139


Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm