Over the years, our organization has been able create partnerships which help strengthen our work and bring forward our mission. We believe these partnerships are a key component to our success, and enable collaboration on a local, regional, state and national level to bring light to issues surrounding affordable housing, sustainability and community development efforts.

city of cambridge

CNAHS has a long-standing partnership with various departments within the City of Cambridge municipal government. CNAHS works closely with the Community Development Department, including the programmatic divisions of Housing, Community Planning, and Environmental and Transportation Planning, to preserve and develop quality and sustainable affordable housing throughout the City.  CNAHS is active with many City-led sustainability initiatives, including the Energy Disclosure ordinance, Net Zero Task Force, Compact for a Sustainable Future, and Glocal Challenge. The City’s Historic Preservation Commission has generously funded rehabilitation of our historic properties, and we have a strong working relationship with the Inspectional Services Department for permitting and other approvals. Through our Resident Services programs, we regularly collaborate with the department of Human Services and Cambridge in Motion.

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national neighborworks association

As a Neighborworks Chartered Member, CNAHS is proud to be part of the National Neighborworks Association. As a member, CNAHS has access to our members-only website resources, inclusion in NNA quarterly district calls, direct access to congressional delegation, and the opportunity to provide input on NeighborWorks America policy.  NNA is the only national trade association dedicated solely to advancing the needs of the NeighborWorks® Network.



Food For Free began in 1981 when a group of friends realized that local meal programs were struggling to put food on their tables. With borrowed trucks, these volunteers gathered fruit, vegetables, and bread—food that would have been thrown away—and delivered it to meal programs, pantries, and shelters. Today, Food for Free helps CNAHS provide food pantry services at several properties including 808 Memorial Drive, Putnam Square Apartments and Inman Square Apartments.

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CNAHS has participated and been a speaker in LISC's Green Retrofit Initiative. Through this initiative, our organization has worked with other CDC's to share our experiences in retroffitting our portfolio and making a commitment to three additional energy retrofits. We have also used benchmarks for energy and water to update our green asset management strategy.

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Enterprise’s mission is to create opportunity for low- and moderate-income people through affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities.

Our organization has participated as part of Enterprise Green Communities initiative which brought to focus the improved health, economic and environmental benefits of sustainable construction practices to low-income families. We continue to collaborate with Enterprise Community Partners to strengthen our portfolio work, and bring forward our vision of healthy, and sustainable communities.

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The Cambridge Community Foundation is the only charitable foundation focused on all of Cambridge, MA. The Cambridge Community Foundation provides support to local nonprofits, and has been a constant supporter of our work through HRI's Home Improvement Program, CNAHS' Resident Services programming, and more.

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