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“People in Somerville are not able to afford rent and are afraid of getting evicted, and it is important that we as a community keep it front of mind.”

“SCC is making housing permanently affordable to people that don’t have a lot of money at a time when rents are escalating.”

“We want you to have a career that lifts you from just struggling to get by to being able to achieve your dreams.”

“SCC sees that you are in need and they are standing with you and they are fighting with you and they are going to make sure that you get the help you need.”

“You get to know people and suddenly you’ve got kind of a support system that you didn’t have before.”

“We went from ‘We’d love to buy a house someday and don’t know how’ to ‘We are going to buy a house someday and we do know how.'”

“Me siento bendecida porque estoy ayudando a mi familia. Tengo la certeza que voy a ser un poquito más y escalando poco a poco.”

“I see myself as part of a greater community, not feeling alone is what I feel is really important.”

“When you have that total community connection, you feel accepted, you feel like ‘I’m a part of this.’ It helps you to be able to continue your efforts and say to someone else: ‘I know what you are going through, I truly know because I’ve been there.”

“SCC has guided me to resources I didn’t know existed, and showed me that I’m not alone. I was an individual who went from homeless to having lots of issues to being a realized individual, and eventually actually contributing to something larger than myself, which is this community. That’s progress.”

Mesa Antar

“[Somerville Community Corporation’s] SCC’s 88 Wheatland Street project allowed me to stay in my lifelong hometown of Somerville.”

I look forward to making sure Somerville is a place not just for people with a lot of money, but also a place for working and immigrant families.

“We are thrilled to be able to support an organization that is working on ways to help people stay in our community.”

I’ve been a resident of Somerville for many years, but working with SCC has made me not just a resident, but an engaged citizen.

“Envision a place where people can work close to home, with more time and resources to spend with their family and community in Somerville.”

“SCC doesn’t forget about you. If it weren’t for SCC, I wouldn’t be where I am now. My whole life has changed.”

Learn the story of SCC - watch the mini documentary:

Members of the community in Somerville, MA come together for an illuminated walk to bring attention to gentrification and housing affordability in East Somerville. Produced in collaboration with the Somerville Community Corporation and Mister Francis. Written, directed, and edited by Andrew Eldridge. Produced by Elizabeth Eldridge, Andrew Eldridge.

For tenants of the 100 Homes program, if you are in need of an urgent repair please call 1-617-863-2391. For life-threatening or other emergencies please call 911.

Somerville sits on the original homelands of the Massachusett, Wampanoag, Naumkeag, and Nipmuc tribal nations. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory, and we honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land on which we live and work.

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