Over the years, our organization has been able to 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
HRI has a long-standing partnership with various departments within the City of Cambridge municipal government. HRI 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. HRI 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.
To learn more about the City of Cambridge visit their website: https://www.cambridgema.gov/
FOOD FOR FREE
Food For Free, Inc. 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 HRI provide food pantry services at several properties including 808 Memorial Drive, Putnam Square Apartments and Inman Square Apartments.
To learn more about Food For Free, Inc. visit their website: http://www.foodforfree.org/
Massachusetts association of community development corporations
MACDC is an association of mission-driven community development organizations dedicated to creating places of opportunity where ALL people can live with dignity while participating in and benefiting from our Commonwealth's economy.
To learn more about MACDC, visit their website at macdc.org
PARTNERSHIP FOR A HEALTHIER AMERICA
The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier for busy parents and families, today announced that Homeowner’s Rehab, Inc. (HRI), a housing service organization focused on creating and preserving affordable housing opportunities in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has joined the Active Designed Verified Initiative to integrate health and wellbeing into its developments. The announcement was made at the Building a Healthier Future Summit, PHA’s annual conference, which brings together leaders from across sectors to develop tangible, actionable solutions to help in the fight to end the childhood obesity crisis.
Active Design Verified is a verification program aimed at creating affordable housing that promotes the health and wellbeing of residents through a wide range of architectural elements and urban planning strategies. Through this commitment, HRI will incorporate Active Design strategies across 80 percent of all new affordable housing construction projects and existing properties undergoing substantial rehab over the next three years.
HRI will do the following in an effort to help integrate physical activity and healthy habits into residents’ daily lives:
- Incorporate recreational facilities and install centrally located staircases;
- Ensure that new buildings are created with walking and bike-friendly infrastructure;
- Provide access to gardening opportunities and healthier food options.
HRI is also looking forward to spreading the word about Active Design strategies, and inspiring other affordable housing developers to follow suit.
To learn more the Partnership for a Healthier America, visit their website at: ahealthieramerica.org
LOCAL INITIATIVES SUPPORT CORPORATION
Our organization 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.
To learn more about LISC, visit: bostonlisc.org
ENTERPRISE COMMUNITY PARTNERS
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.
To learn more about Enterprise Community Partners, visit their website at: enterprisecommunity.com
THE CAMBRIDGE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
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.
To learn more about the Cambridge Community Foundation, please visit their page:
HRI is participating in the Cambridge Compact for a Sustainable Future which strives to create a more healthy, livable and sustainable Cambridge community by addressing global environmental challenges. HRI will be hosting a multi-family energy efficiency workshop in March 2017.
To learn more visit: cambridgecompact.org