Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund (CHAF)
The Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund (CHAF) is a community coalition committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness in our community. CHAF raises funds to assist the homeless and near homeless with the start-up costs of securing permanent housing, including security deposits, back rent, arrears, furniture, and moving costs. CHAF partners with existing homeless service providers, currently HomeStart, Inc. and the Cambridge Multi-Service Center. HomeStart provides fiscal oversight for CHAF, including processing the requests for housing funds for recipients from both HomeStart and the Multi-Service Center. Every fall, CHAF holds a major fundraiser that is attended by hundreds of supporters.