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Boston Building Materials Coop Charitable & Educational Fund, Inc.

aka Boston Building Resources - Reuse Center

Boston, MA


To help low- and moderate-income homeowners and nonprofits repair and care for their homes and buildings affordably, while also benefiting the environment by diverting reusable materials from landfills.

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Principal Officer

Mr. Matthew St. Onge

Main Address

100 Terrace Street

Boston, MA 02120 USA


building materials, re-use, homeownership, neighborhood revitalization, building materials resource center, recycling, green building,





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Home Improvement/Repairs (L81)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Recycling (C27)

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Affordable housing continues to be a critical need in the Boston area. Housing is a key factor in economic mobility and closing the racial wealth gap. Successful homeownership plays an important part in people’s ability to enjoy stable and prosperous lives as they invest themselves in their communities and maintain a firm foundation for their children to prosper. Approximately 85% of Reuse Center materials are sold to low- and moderate-income customers and grassroots nonprofit organizations. Our customers are homeowners who, although they have managed to purchase a home, struggle to keep up with the maintenance and repairs due to escalating real estate taxes, insurance, and utility costs. Having a source of affordable building materials makes it possible for them to complete more projects within the same limited budget, preventing homes from falling into disrepair and helping homeowners to stay in their homes over the long term.

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To allow low- and moderate-income homeowners and nonprofit organizations to maintain and repair their homes and buildings affordably, while keeping reusable materials out of the waste stream.

Accept donations of good-quality, reusable building materials and make them available at affordable prices.Provide home improvement workshops so homeowners can learn to do the work themselves and to work effectively with contractors.

We operate a Reuse Center where good-quality used and new building supplies are available at affordable prices. The Reuse Center is open six days per week.Customers who meet our income guidelines receive a substantial discount on prices -- generally 33% off all materials from the Reuse Center.Between 30 and 40 workshops are offered each year, teaching hands-on skills as well as knowledge of how a building's systems work (heating, electrical, plumbing) and how to work with a contractor.

Number of income-qualified customers, total sales, fair market value of donated material, number of workshop attendees

In 2017, we served 2,094 income-qualified homeowners and nonprofit customers. Income from sales, along with membership and pick-up fees, totaled $570,577. Materials valued at more than $2.1 million were diverted from disposal in landfills. Donations of materials were received from 1,607 donors.We conducted 30 home improvement workshops, reaching 210 people with training to increase their knowledge, DIY skills, and confidence in working with contractors. We sold more than 2,137 energy-saving light bulb packs and fixtures at utility-subsidized rates. We participated in Zero Waste Days in six Massachusetts communities, where reusable materials were collected from local residents.

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