Newsletter Archive

Summer 2016 Newsletter Welcome to CHAF’s 18th year of opening doors for the homeless! Since 2001 CHAF’s partner HomeStart, Inc. has played a key role in helping CHAF raise funds and by providing services to the homeless. I would like to introduce Matt Pritchard, their new Executive Director. Matt is very experienced and committed to the cause. I have been working with Matt for close to a year now and we look forward to continued success in increasing services to the homeless population of Cambridge… More

Summer 2015 Newsletter On May 17, 2005, the City of Cambridge published the “Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness in Cambridge.” The framework of this plan includes prevention, interventions, and permanent supportive housing. Obstacles to achieving success are identified as the regional nature of homelessness, the high cost of housing, a lack of subsidies and other funding, and problematic personal histories. Ten years later, we still have a long way to go in order to eradicate homelessness in our community. More

Summer 2014 Newsletter The Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund (CHAF) is proud to announce our annual “Open Doors for the Homeless” event on Thursday, November 13, 2014. The event will be held from 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm at the Regattabar in the Charles Hotel at 1 Bennett Street in Harvard Square. More

Summer 2013 Newsletter The Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund is proud to present Open Doors for the Homeless on Thursday, October 24, 2013, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Microsoft New England Research and Development (NERD) Center. More

Summer 2012 Newsletter CHAF Presents Open Doors for the Homeless on Thursday, November 1, 2012, to help homeless and near homeless families and individuals to move from shelters and streets to homes, or to retain the housing they have. More

Winter 2011 Newsletter – Home Sweet Home raises $172,000! 120+ homeless and near homeless to be assisted. Cambridge Savings Bank leads CHAF to EXCEED its 2011 Goal. More

Spring 2011 Newsletter – The Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund proudly presents the fourth annual “Home Sweet Home” dessert tasting and competition on Saturday night, October 22nd, 2011. This unique event opens doors for the homeless by bringing together great people, great desserts, intriguing auction items and dancing to the very popular Love Dogs. More

Winter 2010 Newsletter – Home Sweet Home Raises $155,000! 110+ homeless and near homeless to be assisted. Cambridge Trust Leads CHAF to 2010 Goal. More

Spring 2010 Newsletter – CHAF Presents “Home Sweet Home III” on Saturday, October 16th. Taste Delicious Desserts & Dessert Wines, Boogie to The Love Dogs and Help the Homeless! Cambridge Trust Company to Lead CHAF in raising $150,000! More

Winter 2009 Newsletter – Home Sweet Home raises $150,000! 125 homeless and near homeless families will be assisted. East Cambridge Savings Bank leads the way with $17,500 donation. Dessert winners announced! More

Fall 2009 Newsletter – CHAF Presents “Home Sweet Home II” Taste Delectable Desserts & Port Wines, Boogie to The Love Dogs and Help the Homeless! East Cambridge Savings Bank To Lead CHAF. More

Winter 2008 Newsletter – Home Sweet Home raises $150,000! 125 homeless and near homeless families will be assisted. Cambridge Savings Bank leads the way with $5,000 match. Dessert Winners announced! More

Fall 2008 Newsletter – CHAF presents “Home Sweet Home”, a tasting of delectable desserts & Port Wines where celebrity chefs compete for Best Dessert. The hot reggae band “Toussaint and the China Band” will be providing the tunes for dancing, and raffles and a silent auction will ensue. Cambridge Savings Bank is proud to be lead sponsor for the evening. Spring Reception honors Kathe McKenna. REALTOR® Magazine recognizes CHAF Board Chair David Pap! CHAF thanks Whole Foods for generous June donation. More

Winter 2007 Newsletter – In another record-setting year, CHAF raised over $175,000 in total contributions in 2007. This brings the nine-year total to $1,100,000 raised to help end homelessness in Cambridge. CHAF welcomes Kevin Sheehan as new Executive Director and Robert Wilson, Cambridge Savings Bank as chair of the 2008 fundraising campaign. Read about Tikkun Olam at the Fall Reception and learn about the many CHAF donors and supporters. More

Summer 2007 Newsletter – “Nature unleashes a gale force voice,” said the New York Times about Kevin Mahogany, the man with the golden throated baritone who sings bebop, ballads, blues, soul and swinging jazz. “The standout vocalist of his generation” (Newsweek) returns to the Sanders Theatre stage for CHAF’s 9th Homeless Benefit on Friday, September 28th, at 8 PM. More

Winter 2006 Newsletter – In 2006, CHAF raised $170,000, its best year yet. Read a letter to CHAF supporters by George Caponigro, formerly homeless. Plus Focus on the Multi-Service Center, second article in a three-part series on CHAF partner agencies. More

Summer 2006 Newsletter – CHAF will celebrate the genius of Broadway legends, Sondheim and Bernstein, in its Eighth Annual Benefit. Read about the world premiere of an innovative multi-media piece with words of and by the homeless, regardisregard, also to be presented. Plus an in-depth look at partner agency HomeStart. More

December 2005 Newsletter – In 2005, CHAF raised $150,000, bringing its seven-year total to $875,000, which has helped 850 households. Read about the 2005 Benefit Concert with headliner, Ellis Paul, and see pictures from the event. More

May 2005 Newsletter – CHAF announces the headliner of the 2005 Benefit Concert: Ellis Paul. Read a personal account of how CHAF helped one local woman in her struggle against homelessness. Plus, a word from Vice Mayor Marjorie Decker. More

December 2004 Newsletter – In 2004 CHAF raised $125,000, bringing its six-year total to $725,000, which has helped nearly 700 households. Read more about the 2004 benefit concert in this edition of CHAF Reports – including photos from the event, a revealing look at homeless statistics in Massachusetts and an inside account from HomeStart’s Assistant Executive Director. Plus CHAF recipient Tony Clemons’ shares his story. More

April 2004 Newsletter – Cambridge Savings Bank leads this year’s benefit concert, which stars Marlena Shaw and Kendrick Oliver’s New Life Jazz Orchestra. In the latest edition of CHAF Reports, learn more about State Rep. Alice Wolf’s matching gift and HomeStart’s New Frontiers program. And check out the photos of supporters and individuals recently helped by CHAF. More

July 2003 Newsletter – Cambridge native Nnenna Freelon headlined the 2003 benefit concert, which was lead by Cambridge Trust. In this edition of the CHAF Reports newsletter, you’ll enjoy the latest on Nnenna Freelon as well as a message from Mayor Michael Sullivan, HomeStart Director Linda Wood Boyle and a photo collage of committee members and supporters involved in organizing the 2003 benefit concert. More