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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 comprehensive and integrated programs, JAS creates and maintains affordable housing, provides housing resources and services, offers education and workforce training for youth and adults, and builds community engagement. JAS’s vision is a better future for each and every community member: a secure home, a sustaining career, and engagement in the community.


A Secure Home… JAS increases housing stability and options for low- to moderate-income individuals and families. JAS is a responsible developer and owner of quality affordable housing and works to preserve these important assets and expand housing opportunities. JAS helps families stabilize their housing and assure safe, 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 access 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.