On behalf of the SCC Board and Staff I want to wish everyone a happy new year and a terrific 2018. As ever, at SCC we’ve already hit the ground running in the new year as we held a daylong board and staff retreat on the first Sunday in January, as part of our strategic planning process for the next five years.
Taking a quick look back at 2017, in our collective efforts to ensure an equitable and diverse Somerville, we hit a few key milestones during the second half of last year:
- Our 100 Homes program has acquired 45 apartments, ensuring their long-term affordability in Somerville.
- The Board of Aldermen approved our proposal to increase the City’s Linkage Fee from $5.15 to $10.00, giving Somerville significantly more money going forward to support affordable housing development and preservation.
- The Board of Aldermen also passed the Jobs Linkage fee at $2.46, giving Somerville a funding stream for the development of our local workforce for the first time.
- The proposed redevelopment of the Clarendon public housing site in West Somerville continues to move forward, a development that will rebuild as new all 216 public housing units, as well as add 70 new affordable apartments, along with new market-rate housing on the site.
As 2018 launched on New Year’s Day, our shared goals of achieving equity and diversity, along with the housing affordability that enables those goals, were very much in evidence in the Mayor’s Inaugural Address. If you weren’t in attendance that night or haven’t yet had the chance to read it, the Mayor’s address is worth checking out.
SCC stands ready to support or lead, as necessary, on many of these items, as the Mayor’s comments reflect goals we have put forward for our community in recent years. Whether it is working to pass a real estate transfer fee, growing the 100 Homes program to 200, 500 or even 1,000 homes in the coming years, or helping to train and ready our own workforce so that everyone gets a chance to take part in Somerville’s remarkable growth, SCC anticipates an exciting 2018 of sustained striving toward our shared goals. We invite you all to join us on that journey.
Join Us at the SCC Annual Meeting
Finally, as one specific invitation for the new year, please mark your calendars to join us for our Annual Meeting and Dinner on Wednesday March 28th at Arts at the Armory – we promise it will be THE place to be that evening!