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

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

Join us for a beautiful, socially distant and safe Illuminated Walk to spread awareness about the dire need for affordable housing in Somerville. Walk participants will be given a handmade lantern representing one of SCC’s 100 Homes.
Somerville is the most densely populated municipality in New England, and the city’s lower and moderate income populations are facing escalating home prices, rapid gentrification, and displacement. The creation and preservation of affordable housing are critical to the equity and sustainability of the community’s growth.

We will walk from Dunkin Donuts through the streets in safe pods of less than ten and end in Leathers Park. If you care about keeping Somerville equitable, inclusive, and affordable, please be a part of our inaugural walk. This is a family friendly event. Masks required. #SomervilleforAll #KeepSomervilleLit

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

I never considered myself financially or knowledgeable enough to pursue owning a home for myself, but through the course, and the team SCC assembled to talk to us, I have started the process of buying a home. The SCC team’s honesty and openness in cultivating a class where participants felt comfortable asking any questions was welcomed and provided a more in-depth understanding of the home buying options in Massachusetts. I look forward to updating you on my progress, and am forever grateful.

“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.”

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

“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.”

“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.'”

“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.”

“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 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.”

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.

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.

“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.”

We at East Cambridge Savings Bank and our Charitable Foundation support Somerville Community Corporation (SCC) in their efforts to sustain affordable housing and maintain social equality in the City of Somerville. SCC recognizes the importance of maintaining the City’s cultural diversity and works diligently to preserve it for future generations. The dedication and enthusiasm of the staff at SCC is evident in the accomplishments of the organization. It is imperative that the SCC receive financial support from community leaders so that it may continue with its very important work.”

“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
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 1-617-410-9915. 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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