HRI has created and preserved affordable homes and housing opportunities since 1972. Our mission is to develop safe, sustainable housing for all people, regardless of age, race, income or identity.
Over the years, our organization has created partnerships which help strengthen our work and further our mission. We believe these partnerships are crucial for highlighting issues surrounding affordable housing, sustainability and community development efforts.
HRI’s Resident Services Program offers a wide range of programming and assistance to residents living in our housing portfolio. We focus on identifying and addressing residents’ diverse needs and providing effective support and information. Resident input plays a large role in determining the scope of our programs.
Market in the Park
Each summer and fall. HRI partners with Boston Area Gleaners and Food for Free to offer a series of no-cost farmers markets at locations across our housing portfolio. Markets consist of fresh produce, gleaned and donated by volunteers, and other goods delivered directly from local farms to HRI properties. All items are available to residents free of charge. Several markets also include cooking demonstrations, free books, and tabling by representatives from area social service agencies.
- Current Resident
808-812 Memorial Drive
Original construction 1978, acquired by HRI in 1997. Largest property in HRI portfolio (300 units, 260-space garage, 20,000 sq ft commercial). This development will be refinanced and renovated in 2019.
Two-phase, mixed income development (17 buildings, 146 units total). Phase I initially developed in 1998, rehab in 2017 (including addition of 9 affordable units). Solar PV, solar thermal systems installed; LEED Platinum certifications.
94-unit elderly/disabled housing; acquired by HRI through the Commonwealth’s 40T legislation in 2013, rehab completed 2015.
50-unit mixed income, mixed use development in Harvard Square (25 affordable, 25 market units, commercial space). HRI acquired the property in 2012 through 40T legislation; rehab completed in 2014.
New construction of 40 affordable units (site was acquired by HRI in 2009, completed in 2011). The design incorporates sustainable materials, solar PV and solar thermal, and achieved LEED Platinum and Energy Star and Green Communities certifications.
Cast I/Cast II
Three historic buildings include 42 affordable apartments (acquired 2009); HRI acquired an adjacent building (Cast II) with 9 affordable apartments in 2011 (51 units total).
Inman Square Apartments
HRI acquired and refinanced Inman Square Apartments in 2011; the development includes 116 affordable apartments, with one high-rise building and several townhouse walk-ups.
New construction, transit-oriented affordable development completed in 2006 (32 rental, 8 homeownership, and commercial space). Energy efficient design with a solar PV installation, LEED and Enterprise Green Communities certifications.
Cambridge Community Housing Development, Inc (CCHDI)
Scattered site portfolio (34 buildings, 275 units total). Historic and energy efficiency rehabs, including three solar PV and two solar thermal systems; LEED certifications (Pine St, 7th St).
Cambridge Community Housing, Inc (CCHI)
Scattered site portfolio (11 buildings, 162 units total). Historic and energy efficiency rehabs, including two solar PV and one solar thermal system; LEED Platinum and Energy Star certifications (Allston St).
HRI’s development staff work to acquire existing housing and vacant land, preserving and creating new affordable housing using a range of strategies and policy tools.
HRI has successfully developed 1,500 apartments throughout Cambridge, with an additional property in Worcester, and is actively looking for properties to develop as affordable housing.
‘17 Scholarship Program
Neighbor to Neighbor picnic
Resident Services Director, Joe, spending time with young residents
Young resident working the DJ booth
Market in the Park
Family enjoying a resident event
Market in the Park vendor
Jenny the Juggler painting faces
Putnam Square Gardeners Club
Annual Neighbor to Neighbor picnic
Auburn Court resident
Two young residents at a resident event