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Homelessness Prevention & Other Housing Resources

Cambridge Directory of Resources: Homelessness prevention resources, shelter information and other housing related resources including nutrition, education and employment resources in and around the City of Cambridge.

The Division of Housing Stabilization (DHS): MA Housing Stabilization Programs mission is to prevent homelessness, sheltering those for whom homelessness is unavoidable, and rapidly re-housing the homeless in stable, permanent housing.

HomeStart: Advocates work with clients from more than 50 shelters and programs to obtain apartments and subsidized housing, provide stabilization resources for families to maintain housing and services for veterans.

Cambridge Community Development Department (CDD): Offers access to affordable rental and homeownership units created through City programs. CDD works with the Cambridge Affordable Housing Trust, non-profit housing providers, and the Cambridge Housing Authority to acquire, build and preserve affordable housing. CDD also works with private developers and owners to offer access to affordable units created by the City's Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance. In addition, CDD offers First Time Homebuyer Classes, pre-purchase counseling, and financial assistance for new homebuyers, and manages the City's stock of more than 500 affordable homeownership units; working with non-profits to offer low-interest loans to assist owners in making necessary home repairs and improvements.

Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP): Massachusetts largest regional provider of rental housing voucher assistance. MBHP serves homeless, elderly, disabled, and low- and moderate-income individuals and families with services including rental assistance, homelessness prevention, foreclosure prevention, tenancy prevention, fair housing education and information and resources for property owners.

Solutions at Work: Helping thousands of homeless and low-income people achieve self-sufficiency annually by providing them with children's items, moving services, professional clothing, and computers.

Massachusetts Coalition for the Homelessness: Providing programs and advocacy for people experiencing homelessness or those at risk of homelessness in areas of public policy, including affordable housing; adequate income maintenance programs; medical care; mental health services; social services; job training and employment.

The MassAccess Housing Registry: Assistance in finding affordable housing in Massachusetts. A key feature of the Registry is to highlight homes for people with disabilities who need accessible or barrier-free housing.

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