Mission and Goals

Mission and Goals

Mission and Vision

As a Community Development Corporation (CDC), Just-A-Start (JAS) is dedicated to building the housing security and economic stability of low- to moderate-income people in Cambridge and nearby communities. Through innovative, comprehensive, and integrated programs, JAS provides and preserves affordable housing, offers education and workforce training for youth and adults, and builds community engagement. JAS’s vision is a better future for all of its constituents: a secure home, a sustaining career, and engagement in the community.


A Secure Home… JAS increases housing stability for low- to moderate-income individuals and families by expanding housing opportunities as a developer and owner of affordable housing and provider for services that promote long-term housing security.

A Sustaining Career… JAS builds economic resiliency and mobility for low- and moderate-income individuals and families by helping develop marketable skills and career opportunities to attain economic stability and build a better future.

An Engaged Community… JAS expands leadership opportunities and community engagement for low- to moderate-income individuals and families, and empowers people to use their voices and capabilities to strengthen their communities.