You can win free rent to a luxe apartment in Cambridge for a year

For a $10 donation.

A model apartment at Cambridge Chroma.
A model apartment at Cambridge Chroma. –Courtesy of Cambridge Chroma

Four Boston-area companies are teaming up to give away a year of free rent as part of a fundraising campaign for local youth homeless shelter, Y2Y Harvard Square.

A donation of $10 between now and June 1 enters you in the raffle to win a one-bedroom, one-bath Chroma Cambridge apartment, furnished by Wayfair. Eighty percent of the donations will go to the shelter, a student-run nonprofit that provides beds for 22 young people between the ages of 18 and 24 every night. The organization also offers a range of services including meals, legal aid, and mental health care.

Co-director Sam Greenberg said that he’s excited about the awareness the campaign will raise about youth homelessness and how the funds could help them grow their program.

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“I think there’s something really powerful about these companies making that kind of statement about the fact that, in a small instance, one family or one person should have free rent for a year and then on a broader level that we should be able to provide free shelter and housing for everybody in this area who doesn’t have it,” Greenberg said.

While the student run organization has a lot of energy and optimism, he said they haven’t had the ability to fundraise in “the traditional fashion.” The campaign raised more than $4,500 in its first 34 hours. As of Friday, the donation total was over $7,400.

Co-director Sarah Rosenkrantz said she hopes as people stop and think about what it would mean for them to win a year of free rent that they also think about significance for those who don’t have a home at all.

“For our young people the playing field is definitely not even,” Rosenkrantz said, adding that the donation minimum is only $10, so people in most income brackets have a shot at winning.

The winner will be drawn at random and announced in a livestream by Flutter on June 1.

One of Cambridge Chroma's model apartments.
One of Cambridge Chroma’s model apartments. —Courtesy of Cambridge Chroma
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