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Apply for Affordable Housing

Community Development

The Community Development Department's Housing Division offers access to affordable rental and homeownership units for low, moderate, and middle-income households through City programs. Interested and eligible applicants can apply to the City’s Rental Applicant Pool, Middle-Income Rental Program, Homeownership Resale Pool, and HomeBridge program. 

Interested applicants can learn more about these programs at information sessions held regularly throughout the year. Sessions are free and open to all; no advance registration necessary. Click here to view upcoming information sessions

Tips and FAQs

What is the Rental Applicant Pool and How do I Apply?

The Community Development Department’s Housing Division oversees over 700 affordable rental units throughout the city through its Inclusionary Housing Program. All rental units in the program are privately owned and managed, and CDD maintains a pool of eligible applicants to fill affordable rental units when they become available. Applications are accepted on a rolling bases. Priority is given to Cambridge residents and families with children. 

Click Here to View Eligibility Requirements 

Click Here to Read the Rental Applicant Pool FAQ 

Click Here to Download a Rental Applicant Pool Application 

Print applications are available at the Community Development Department, 344 Broadway 3rd Floor.

Are There Affordable Housing Programs for Middle- and Moderate-Income Households?

CDD's Housing Division accepts applications to the Middle-Income Rental Program on a rolling basis. Middle-income rental apartments are located throughout the city in developments that are privately owned and managed. Eligible applicants earn between 80-120% of Area Median Income (AMI). View household AMI ranges

Download a Middle-Income Rental Program application. 

Learn more about the Middle-Income Rental Program. 

What Affordable Homeownership Programs Does the City Offer?

The Community Development Department (CDD) manages several affordable homeownership programs:

Newly developed units are not offered through the Resale Pool. Homebuyers for newly developed units are selected through separate application processes and resulting lotteries. Affordable Homeownership Lottery opportunities will be announced and promoted through CDD's website. If you would like to be notified of lottery opportunities as they become available, sign up for email notifications

Do Other Organizations in Cambridge Offer Affordable Housing Resources?

Yes, there are many other affordable housing providers in Cambridge:

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