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Increasing Residents’ Income, Assets

SCC’s financial literacy and economic opportunity programming work to counter years of unjust economic policies by helping people find good jobs, build wealth and find financial stability.

The First Source Jobs Program helps local job seekers gain the skills they need to establish a career pathway resulting in good jobs, career growth, and economic resiliency, We offer 1:1 career coaching, job readiness training, ESL and computer literacy support, direct connections to employers, postplacement support, and wrap-around services and referrals. We partner with local employers to help them access diverse pipelines of trained professionals, to support inclusive and local hiring practices, and to advocate for quality jobs in the region.

Our Financial Literacy classes help people better understand debt, banking, credit, and how to save. Our popular First Time Home Buyer classes help people better understand the often intimidating process of saving for and purchasing a home, as well as how to access programs that can make doing so more accessible.

To buttress our work on affordable housing development, our economic opportunity programming helps people find jobs, save money, decrease debt, build their assets, and even realize the dream of home ownership. The speculative market will continue to drive up housing costs in Somerville and our work helps ensure that those with fewer assets can still live here. Helping residents sustain themselves in Somerville with sufficient incomes and increasing assets is a crucial strategy in our fight for equity.

Improving Financial Prospects

We have an array of financial asset building programs including intensive classes, one-off workshops, and one-on-one job and financial counseling.

  • To learn more about our classes and asset building services, contact Jose Cedanio at jcedanio@somervillecdc.org
  • For jobs information and/or employment counseling, contact Danyal Najmi at dnajmi@somervillecdc.org
What we do

First-Time Homebuyer Program

Through the First Time Home Buyer Program, SCC provides a comprehensive array of tools and information for successfully navigating the homebuying process.

First Source Jobs Program

SCC First Source Jobs Program connects community members to good jobs and a career pathway in their hometown.

Financial Literacy Classes

SCC helps program participants provide each other with hope and newfound power while working on spending, saving and budgeting strategies together.

First Source Networking Cafe

  The First Source Networking Cafe is a space for job seekers to share their experiences in the job search process and network with other job seekers, employers, friends, and neighbors. Join us to learn…

Job Board

If you are looking for a job, check out our Job Board for a list of places that are hiring. We will update this list on our website regularly and can help you submit applications or connect to employers.
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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