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Just-A-Start Begins Preservation Project on 112 Units of Affordable Housing In Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE – December 2017 – Just-A-Start has begun work on its Consolidated Project, a $48 million, 112-unit affordable housing rental preservation project. The project consists of 20 buildings spread across 10 separate sites located throughout Cambridge. This project marks the first comprehensive renovation of these 19 buildings in the time Just-A-Start and its affiliates have owned them. Priority scope items include envelope systems, HVAC systems, sprinkler systems, new kitchens and baths in the majority of units, and site improvements. This project also includes a newly constructed building at 50 York Street to replace a building that was destroyed by a fire in late 2016. The new building will be on the footprint of the former building and contain 16 units, including 4 handicap accessible units, shared laundry facilities, and a multipurpose community room. The JAS Consolidated Project is utilizing funds from MassHousing, the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority, and tax-exempt bond financing from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Equity.

About Just-A-Start Corporation

Now celebrating its 50th Anniversary, Just-A-Start is a community development corporation 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, Just-A-Start provides and preserves affordable housing, offers education and workforce training for youth and adults, and builds community engagement. Just-A-Start’s vision is a better future for each community member with a secure home, a sustaining career, and engagement in the community.