On Friday, November 14th, a group of 17 people who have been dedicated to the field of Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) met for a 3 hour lively roundtable discussion to study, discuss and troubleshoot current ideas and recommendations for changes to Somerville's IZ Policy as the City of Somerville undergoes an overhaul in its zoning. This event was hosted by Massachusetts Housing Partnership and SCC.
On October 8th, Union United was invited to present on Community Benefit Agreements (CBA's) to the Union Square Civic Advisory Committee. This milestone event comes after months of hard work researching examples of successful CBA's across the country, meeting to discuss Union United's priorities, drafting our own CBA, and raising our voices to insist on a collaborative participatory planning process for the Union Square area.Read more about Union United Presents on Community Benefits at CAC Meeting
SCC is thrilled to report that on July 7 Governor Patrick announced funding and tax credit allocations to 24 affordable housing projects across the state, including SCC’s 181 Washington Street project. SCC is very grateful to Representative Michael E. Capuano, 7th District, MA; Senator Patricia Jehlen, 2nd Middlesex District; Representative Denise Provost, 27th Middlesex District; and Mayor Joseph A.Read more about 181 Washington Street: Full Speed Ahead!
SCC submitted a Special Permit Application to the ZBA for a hearing on July 16 to adaptively re-use the former East Somerville American Legion Post building as 11 homeownership units, 8 of which will be restricted as affordable homeownership opportunities and 3 of which will be market rate homeownership opportunities. The affordable units will target to both low- and middle income households.Read more about 163 Glen Street Homeownership Project
The Union United Coalition had an op-ed published in today's Boston Globe highlighting our anti-displacement message. The piece includes quotes from Union Square community members who believe that community benefits and transparency must be part of the redevelopment process.
On Monday, June 9th, community leaders, Mayor Curtatone, and members of SCC's board and staff gathered for a breakfast to launch SCC's Social Equity Campaign. This campaign is SCC's largest donor campaign in its history, with the goal of raising $180,000 by the end of 2014, and $250,000 in 2015 as part of our 5 Year Campaign to keep Somerville diverse and thriving for everyone.