JAS Housing Services

By Just A Start

We help no, low, and moderate income residents with their housing needs, including affordable renting, affordable homeownership, homelessness prevention, mediation, renovation assistance, and more.

Photo of one of JAS's affordable housing units.
This is an ongoing program.
Monday through Friday.

Age: Adult.

JAS’s Housing Services are provided free of charge in Cambridge for most participants. For residents of other Metro North communities, please contact us to determine whether you are eligible for our services.

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Elizabeth Winston
Housing Services Program Manager

No application or registration needed.



  • Both in-person and virtual (online or over the phone).

Just A Start Headquarters

1035 Cambridge Street #12
Cambridge, MA 02141

Wellington Harrington

Housing Services staff work with clients at JAS's office, at district courts, and at other meeting locations that are convenient for them. Appointments are required. For more information contact Elizabeth Winston, Housing and Mediation Services Program Manager, at elizabethwinston@justastart.org or 617-918-7518.

Wheelchair accessible.

Additional information

We can prevent homelessness through mediation to resolve disputes between tenants and landlords and by administering emergency financial assistance. JAS mediators also resolve qualifying consumer disputes referred by district courts or the MA Attorney General's Office. JAS offers an array of services to meet the needs of low-income homeowners in Cambridge, including advisory services for condominium association finances, management, compliance, and leadership development.

We can also help low to moderate income residents with finding affordable apartments, homeownership opportunities, and housing assistance.

Mediation 2016 brochure.pdf