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JAS Real Estate Development

By Just A Start

Just-A-Start (JAS) develops and owns affordable apartments that allow low and moderate income people to live at rents that are within their means.

Photo of one of JAS's affordable housing properties.
This is an ongoing program.

Age: Adult.

Cambridge residents only.
Cambridge public/subsidized housing residents only.

No application or registration needed.


Rental rates for residents of JAS properties are subsidized and generally do not exceed 30% of their income. The prices of JAS-developed or rehabilitated homes sold to first time homebuyers through the City of Cambridge are subject to Affordable Housing restrictions.

  • Accepts Vouchers
  • Sliding scale based on income


The program serves people at their homes or wherever it is needed or online.

  • Only virtual (online or over the phone).

JAS Real Estate Development and Resident Services work take place across Cambridge in properties owned or being developed by JAS.

Additional information

JAS provides in-house Resident Services to families in its nearly 600 rental units, which are managed by Maloney Properties and Wingate. JAS also develops affordable homeownership units, sold pursuant to the Affordable Housing Agreement with the City of Cambridge, allowing the City to repurchase the units when resold at a restricted sale price.