The CHA is regularly recognized for its extraordinary accomplishments in the areas of architecture, engineering, resident services, and property management. The CHA has been designated a “High Performer Agency” by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development since 1999.
The Cambridge Housing Authority has been fortunate to receive numerous awards and citations recognizing its accomplishments at the local, state and national levels:
- 2020 – The Affordable Housing Accreditation Board (AHAB) has awarded national affordable housing accreditation to Cambridge Housing Authority in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cambridge Housing 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.
- 2019 – Better Buildings, Better Plants Goal Achiever by the U.S. Department of Energy for meeting the Better Buildings Challenge pledge to reduce energy usage by 20% over 10 years. CHA achieved a 23% energy savings in just four years.
- 2019 – AIA Housing Award, in the Multifamily Housing category, for the recently completed Jefferson Park Apartments project in Cambridge.
- 2016 – Sustainable Design Award from the Boston Society of Architects for the Revitalization of Lyndon B. Johnson Apartments.
- 2014 – Honors Citation for Design Excellence from the Boston Society of Architects for the Revitalization of Lyndon B. Johnson Apartments.
- 2008 – Heading Home Community Partner Award
- 2007 – Leadership in Prevention Award — Cambridge Prevention Coalition, The Work Force
- 2006 – Cambridge First Day Award, City of Cambridge and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, CHA Computer Learning Centers
- 2004 – Honorable Mention, Accessible Design in Public Architecture, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Safety, Jackson Gardens
- 2002 – National Model of Effective Practice, U.S. Department of Labor and National Youth Employment Coalition, The Work Force
- 2002 – Best Practice in Youth Development designation by Massachusetts Corporation for Business, Work & Learning, The Work Force
- 1999 – Preservation Award from the Cambridge Historical Commission for Roosevelt Towers
- 1998 – Citation for Urban Planning from the Boston Society of Architects for Garfield Street
- 1997 – Award for Urban Planning from the Boston Society of Architects for the Comprehensive Modernization of Newtowne Court
- 1990 – Innovations in State and Local Government from the Ford Foundation and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University for Tenant Services’ Work
- 1989 – Citation for Design Excellence in Housing from the Boston Society of Architects for Washington Elms
- 1989 – Mid-Cambridge Conservation Committee Award for 15 Inman Street
- 1989 – Preservation Award from the Massachusetts Historical Commission for 15 Inman Street
- 1988 – Award for Excellence in Planning and Design from the Architectural Record for Washington Elms
- 1987 – Innovative Youth Counseling Program Award from the Executive Office of Communities and Development for Tenant Services’ Work Force Program
- 1987 – Finalist for Innovations in State and Local Government from the Ford Foundation and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University for Tenant Services’ Work Force Program
- 1987 – Outstanding Modernization Project Award from the Executive Office of Communities and Development for Jefferson Park
- 1986 – Governor’s Design Award for Washington Elms
- 1985 – Honor Award from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects for Jefferson Park
- 1984 – Presidential Design Award for Putnam School
Preservation of Affordable Housing
Recently completed construction projects:
- Lyndon B. Johnson Apartments
- Jackson Gardens Apartments
- Lincoln Way Apartments