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The Cambridge Housing Authority
(CHA) is a governmental entity established under state law on December 9,1935, by the City of Cambridge, with a mission to develop and manage affordable housing for the residents of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Please click here to watch a short film produced in 2010 celebrating the Agency's 75th anniversary (requires Quicktime plug-in).

The CHA fulfills its mission through:
  • The ownership and management of over 2,700 units of housing
  • The administration of over 2,300 Housing Choice vouchers
  • Continued development of affordable units
  • A wide range of tenant services
A five member Board of Commissioners governs the CHA, four Board Members are appointed by Cambridge's City Manager and the Governor's Designee (Director of the Commonwealth's Department of Housing and Community Development) appoints one Board Member. Currently two Board members are also residents of public housing. The Board of Commissioners appoints an Executive Director to oversee the daily operation of the housing authority, and ensure that the Board's policies are implemented.

Currently, the CHA has over 160 employees and operates with an annual budget over $60,000,000.

The CHA is one of twenty-four housing authorities nationwide participating in the HUD Moving to Work Deregulation Demonstration Program (MTW). MTW allows unprecedented fiscal and regulatory flexibility in hopes of increased efficiency, while encouraging PHAs to provide economic incentives and opportunities to residents that foster strong communities and encourage self sufficiency. For additional information on CHA's MTW Plans and Reports please visit the Moving to Work page.

The CHA has created several non-profits in order to further its mission of developing affordable housing for the residents of Cambridge. To see a list and description of these non-profits click here.

The CHA has also pursued other development ventures related to Neville Manor. To see the details click here.

The CHA is an award winning agency. For a list click here.