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 and training 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, ownership and policy issues, 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.
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…