5-18-17 – We are submitting this letter for the record in the case of Federal Realty Investment Trust’s request for a waiver of the 20% Inclusionary Housing requirement for its proposed 500-unit development that is the next phase of FRIT’s approved Planned Unit Development for Assembly Square. Read more about SCC Board Letter on Proposed Inclusionary Zoning Waiver
On May 17th, SCC supporters joined staff and board at Nu Café, next door to our Union Square Apartments, to celebrate the successes of our Social Equity Campaign in 2016, as we kicked-off the campaign for 2017. Read more about Celebrating Because of You
SCC welcomes two new managers to our organization – both of whom call Somerville home: Ray Estrella, our new Director of Finance and First Source Jobs Program Manager Blake Roberts-Crall.Read more about New SCC Staff Members
The members and staff of SCC showed up in full force earlier this month for Lobby Day, an annual event sponsored by the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC). Read more about Lobby Day 2017
Earlier this month on April 3, Mayor Joseph Curtatone presented a covenant that he negotiated with master developer US2. While the deal makes progress towards some of our goals, Union United members are concerned about the long-term implications for displacement and developer accountability.
Norris Weston Award: Congratulations to the Somerville Legislative delegation for receiving the Norris Weston Award at SCC’s Annual Meeting for their tremendous dedication in moving Somerville’s Jobs Linkage Home Rule petition forward at the Legislature. Read more about SCC 2017 Award Recipients
One of the joyous moments of the Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) program takes place on Tax Day. The 2016 SCC Social Equity Campaign donors, 87 in total, were eligible this Tax Day to claim their 50% CITC state tax refund. Read more about Turning Tax Day Into a Celebration?
Union United is pressing developer US2 for a community benefits agreement for Union Square to proactively address the displacement of the neighborhood’s families and small businesses. Building on its first three years of planning, advocacy and organizing, the group charted next steps at the CBA Summit on February 25, 2017. Read more about CBA Summit
There are two sides of Somerville Community Corporation’s anti-displacement work: affordable housing and good jobs. Without a job that provides a living wage and good benefits, Somerville residents can’t afford the high cost of living in Somerville. Read more about Somerville Jobs Linkage Update: March 2017