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Metro 9 Lofts Affordable Artist Housing

SCC owns and manages 5 affordable apartments designated for certified artist located in the Metro 9 development at 9 Medford St. in Somerville.

The application window for income-eligible, certified artists is currently closed.

View results from the June 21, 2021 artist lottery

Apartment Details

Apartments vary in size, but they all have high ceilings and large windows, modern finishes and appliances, in-unit washer & dryer, access to common lounge space, common roof deck, and common artist gallery/studio space. Utilities (heat/hot water and electricity) are not included in rent. Parking space costs $50 per month.

*Pictures do not represent actual units, and furniture is not included.


Details on the artist housing units are below. Floor plans are here.

Unit # Beds Square Footage Area Median Income Monthly Rent
101 1 1,147 50% $1111
103 1 1.066 50% $1111
104 1 812 50% $1111
105 2 1330 50% $1333
706* 1 592 80% $1425

*Unit available at this time.

Eligibility Requirements


Applicants must be under 50% or 80% of area median income (AMI), be certified artists, and meet household size requirements.


  • All applicants must make at or below the 50% & 80% AMI Gross Income Limits below
Household Size 50% AMI 80%AMI
1 $44,800 $67,400
2 $51,200 $77,000
3 $57,600 $86,650
4 $63,950 $96,250


  • Applicants must be certified as working artists by the Somerville Arts Council. More information on artist certification process here. Applicants do not have to certified before applying, but anyone selected for a unit will have to receive certification from the Somerville Arts Council before they can move in. More information on artist certification can be found here – Link
  • Household must meet the size requirements of at least one person per bedroom, but no more than 2 people per bedroom


Local Preference & Somerville Housing Authority Waitlist Priority

All apartments have a local preference, meaning households that currently live or work full-time in Somerville will be prioritized on the waitlist for available units. Applicants must include verification that they live or work full-time in Somerville with their application. Households and individuals who live and work outside of Somerville are still encouraged to apply.

A priority waitlist will be created for artists currently on the Somerville Housing Authority Section 8 voucher waitlist. Applicants applying for this priority waitlist must submit a letter from the Somerville Housing Authority verifying that they are currently on the wait list and include it with their application.

Application Process

Please complete the application online here, download a print version of the application here, or pick up a copy of the application at the SCC office at 337 Somerville Ave. Somerville, MA 02143 under the mailbox inside the front door on the left (open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm).

Application Deadline – June 4, 2021 at 5pm EST

Lottery – June 10, 2021 at 11am EST via Zoom (link to be shared with applicants)

Applicants will be selected for the available unit through a lottery and will be ordered to create a waitlist for other units based on the order they are selected in the lottery. The lottery will be held on June 10, 2021 at 11am EST.  To be included in the lottery, applications must be received by the application deadline of June 4, 2021 at 5pm EST.


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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.

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