Home Improvement Programs

1 Allston Court

The City's Home Improvement Program (HIP) provides low-interest and deferred payment home improvement loans as well as technical assistance in selecting and working with home improvement contractors. Assistance is available to income-eligible owners of condominiums, single family homes and 2- to 4-unit multi-family homes.

These loans can assist with:

  • Correction of health and safety code violations
  • Elimination of lead paint hazards
  • Installation of energy conservation measures, such as new windows and insulation
  • Roof replacement and other exterior repairs
  • Other needed repairs to kitchens, baths, heating systems, etc.

City assistance through the HIP program is available through two local non-profit agencies: Homeowner’s Rehab, Inc (HRI), and Just-A-Start Corporation (JAS). To be directed to one of these agencies, please contact Emily Salomon at 617/349-4661 or esalomon@cambridgema.gov.

Once you contact an agency, the staff at the agency will:

  • determine your eligibility,
  • help you identify necessary repairs
  • estimate costs of the repairs
  • and assess your eligibility for low-interest financing

Once a HIP loan has been approved, agency staff will

  • help find home improvement contractors to make the repairs
  • assist owners in working with contractors through the rehab process


If you wish to begin the HIP loan process or need more information about the City's HIP program, please contact Emily Salomon at 617/349-4661 or esalomon@cambridgema.gov