AHOC works to educate community members about the need for affordable housing, influence policy at the state and local level, and engage community members through actions, campaigns, and discussions. Formed in 2000, AHOC supports developments and policies that increase the supply of affordable housing in Somerville and make it more accessible to low-income families.
As Somerville develops, many people are being displaced because of increasing rents and home prices. More affordable housing allows people stay in Somerville and take advantage of new amenities like the Green Line Extension. AHOC works to keep Somerville diverse and expand access to safe, accessible, affordable housing.
We can’t wait for more affordable housing!
AHOC meets the third Thursday of every month from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at SCC. We have dinner, interpretation and child care at our meetings. For more information and to get involved, contact René Mardones at 617.776.5931, ext. 226.
Some of AHOC’s current and past campaigns include:
- In August 2016, we helped ensure passage of the Home Rule Petition to create a Somerville Municipal Job Creation and Retention Trust so that large-scale commercial developments contribute to good paying jobs for City residents. We are now focused on defining the dollar amount for the fee and establishing the specific square footage that will trigger the linkage. The next phase of the of the process will also determine who will be on the board overseeing the trust.
- In May 2016, the Somerville Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a proposal submitted by the SCC member-led Affordable Housing Organizing Committee of the Somerville Community Corporation to implement stronger inclusionary zoning requirements.
- In 2013, we won an increase in the City’s affordable housing linkage fee from $3.91 to $5.15 per square foot. This fee is paid by developers into the Somerville Affordable Housing Trust Fund to create new affordable housing.
- In 2012, we supported tenants and business owners at 380 Somerville Avenue in their fight against condo conversion and displacement.
- We regularly organize tenants of “expiring use” properties to ensure that rents stay affordable. We have led expiring use campaigns throughout the city and helped to preserve more than 200 affordable units.
AHOC members lead an anti-displacement march with residents of 380 Somerville Avenue.
Read about the new path-breaking inclusionary zoning law in Somerville that is a national model.