About the Cambridge Housing Authority

Commitment To Innovation

Established under state law on December 9, 1935, Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) provides long-term rental housing and rental assistance to more than 5,500+ low-income families, elders and disabled individuals through its Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Programs.

CHA invests in Cambridge families and provides enhanced support to almost 10% of the city population.

By focusing on policy innovation and family economic opportunities, CHA meets its mission: to develop and manage safe, good quality, affordable housing for low-income individuals and families in a manner that promotes citizenship, community, and self-reliance in one of the most expensive housing markets in the country.

The Affordable Housing Accreditation Board (AHAB) has awarded national affordable housing accreditation to Cambridge Housing Authority in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Cambridge Housing Authority is the seventh affordable housing provider to receive AHAB accreditation. The designation of “Accredited Affordable Housing Organization” reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting high performance standards established by the affordable housing industry and to providing quality, well-managed housing.

View our Strategic Plan here.

Executive Staff

Michael J. Johnston, Esq
Executive Director

Susan C. Cohen
General Counsel
Kevin Braga
Director of Public Housing Operations
John Lindamood
Director of Resident Services
Robert Kelsey
Director of Human Resources

Brenda Downing
Deputy Executive Director

Margaret Moran
Director of Planning & Development
Jay Leslie
Director of Information Technology

Hannah Bolcome
Director of Leased Housing
John Filip
Chief Financial Officer


CHA is governed by its five-member Board of Commissioners. The Board of Commissioners appoints an Executive Director to oversee the daily operation of the housing authority and ensure that the Board’s policies are implemented.

The Executive Department is responsible for establishing and promoting CHA’s long and short-term strategic goals.

CHA has over 200 employees and operates with an annual budget over $170M. For more information about CHA’s different departments, follow the link here.