History, Mission and Overview


MISSION

Somerville Community Corporation (SCC) is a membership organization that provides leadership for sustaining the City of Somerville as a vibrant, diverse and tolerant community. We offer services and lead community organizing that supports low- and moderate-income Somerville residents in their efforts to achieve economic sustainability and increase civic participation.


SCC Leadership Dev Institute Grad 2017

OUR STORY

Somerville Community Corporation was founded in 1969 as a multi-service center assisting low-income Somerville residents. We opened Somerville’s first soup kitchen, Project Soup, and operated it for 25 years before turning over operations to the Somerville Homeless Coalition.

We also provided advocacy services to our constituencies to address and prevent housing emergencies.

As a membership-based organization strongly rooted in grassroots community organizing, our members have led a number of successful campaigns over the years to influence affordable housing policy and quality of life improvements in Somerville’s neighborhoods. 

Starting in 2005 with our East Somerville Initiative, SCC also began building a strong practice of participatory community planning, concentrated in that neighborhood and later the Community Corridor Planning project along the pathway of the anticipated MBTA Green Line Extension. More recently, we have supported residents and small businesses in Union Square who are working to ensure that those who have made it such a desirable place benefit from its continued transformation.

The Future

Building on our history, today we envision a Somerville where:

  • families and individuals from many different backgrounds and cultures enjoy equitable access to secure housing, economic stability, and opportunities for leadership and active engagement 
  • community change is embraced in a way that people of limited means, education or familiarity with the local economy share in the benefits of growth and development, no longer threatened by escalating living costs or the inability to keep or find a nearby job
  • the planned expansion of the MBTA Green Line offers great opportunity and potential for jobs for Somerville residents as new development comes to our community 
  • low and moderate-income residents and those who have recently come from other countries and cultures, are included in the process of planning for and being involved in a more inclusive, equitable future for the City.
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