Featured Programs & Initiatives

Aerial view of the Somerville Housing Authority's Mystic Development
Learn about the typical real estate development process in Somerville – from pre-application to construction.
Aerial view of the Somerville Housing Authority's Mystic Development
Here are the steps the City is taking to improve access to affordable housing in Somerville.
Green traffic lights
In late June, 2018, the City of Somerville will be performing signal timing changes in Davis Sq. to reduce wait times for everyone.
Tufts University
The City of Somerville is currently negotiating a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement with Tufts University.
Aerial view of the Somerville Housing Authority's Mystic Development
The City will use the proceeds from minibonds to fund capital projects like parks and road improvements.
ArtFarm concept building
ArtFarm is Somerville’s proposal for a self-sustaining art and urban agriculture laboratory designed to foster community engagement and creativity.
Debris and tools fill an antique bathtub during a renovation
This program offers an incentive for property owners to improve the existing housing stock and to create and maintain affordable homeownership...
A SimpleRecycling van picks up bags filled with textile donations
An easy, convenient, and free way to recycle pre-loved clothing, shoes, and accessories.
View of the 67-acre abandoned industrial zone, or brownfield, before Assembly Square development.
This program helps property owners minimize the uncertainties of contamination often associated with underutilized properties known as brownfields.
Design rendering of the new Somerville High School
The City of Somerville, using funds obtained locally and through a grant by the MSBA, is building a new high school in place of the old one.
In Somerville, we like to say that while others have innovation districts, we are the Innovation City. That innovation is backed by know-how and...
West Branch library entrance
The City of Somerville is bringing the beloved, historic West Branch Library into the 21st century.
Photo of the Ward 2, Precinct 2 polling place
We’re reviewing ways to increase voter participation and support clean elections in the city.
An analog dial thermostat in a home set to 68F
Low-income households may be eligible to receive help with winter heating costs between November 1 and April 30.
Aerial view of the Somerville Housing Authority's Mystic Development
The Pavement and Sidewalk Management Program aims to make transportation easier and safer for all of Somerville's residents.
White board mind-mapping exercise during SomerVision planning lists City concerns, opportunities, tools, resources, and more
SomerVision sets out a vision to make Somerville an even more exceptional place to live, work, play, and raise a family.
Somerville Vision Zero
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone has announced Somerville’s commitment to the Vision Zero Initiative, which aims to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries
Aerial view of the Somerville Housing Authority's Mystic Development
Find out about affordable housing opportunities in the City pf Somerville.
HeatSmart/CoolSmart Somerville
See how you can replace your old fossil fuel-burning heating and cooling units with a green and efficient heat pump.
Solar panels installed on the roof of a residential home
SEEN is making sustainability a priority to help create cleaner, safer housing environments.
Outline of Somerville and Arlington on a map
The CoC is the local organization that coordinates housing and services funding for homeless individuals and families.
Somerville residents seated in a school cafeteria watch a ResiStat presentation by Mayor Curtatone.
ResiStat works to keep residents ("Resi") both informed and engage about their city through open government, data, and statistics ("Stat") sharing.
Pink, blue, and green homes sit nestled on Highland Ave.
With your help, the City is analyzing challenges to fair housing choice and addressing barriers in our community.
Soil from compost
Where some people see food scraps, we see the foundation of urban agriculture in Somerville!
Storefront for Daddy Jones' Bar in Magoun Sq., Somerville
The Economic Development Department works with businesses of all sizes and types to support their growth and success in Somerville.
Residents enjoy City park equipment during a Mayor's Wellness Challenge event
Looking for a way to jump into spring? Want to get out and about as a family? We’ve got the perfect opportunity!
Aerial view of the Somerville Housing Authority's Mystic Development
The Summer Jobs Program gives City youth an opportunity to work within the community during the summer months.
175 Somerville: An artist's sketch of the Prospect Hill Tower with sits atop a stylized US flag
The City of Somerville officially separated from Charlestown in March, 1842, and to celebrate we are throwing a year-long series of events!
Large and modern office building
Our goals are to make Somerville a regional employment center with a mix of diverse and high quality jobs...
Somerville GreenTech
The City has piloted two green technologies developed by local companies to support this vital industry and...
SustainaVille: Creating a resilient & carbon neutral Somerville
SustainaVille is a call to come together to develop the most ambitious, creative, effective plan for both reducing our carbon output and preparing...
A padlock sits on top of a modern computer keyboard
A joint program with the Somerville Police, 311, and the City’s website to prevent the theft of bicycles and electronic devices and to solve crime.
A green Saab is just barely visible beneath a snow drift.
Whether you need help shoveling, or you're a teen looking to make cash, the Teen Snow Shoveling Program is here to help.
Fresh greens sit in a collection back at a Somerville CSA pickup
Our Urban Ag program brought first Urban Ag Ordinance in New England, the Urban Ag Ambassadors program, new farms, and more.
A person with a watering can showers a row of flowers.
This land is your land–so grab your gloves, don your hat, and dig into our fun & eco-friendly volunteer gardening program.
Sign reads 'Open'
Whether you're just getting started, looking to expand your business, improve its appearance, or simply get advice on best practice
View from a plane's window
The City of Somerville urges residents to report airplane noise to both Massport and the City.
Somerville Cares About Prevention
SCAP works to reduce substance abuse and the harms associated it, by increasing public knowledge and mobilizing the community.
Close-up of a child holding the hand of an adult
STRN's team of trained community members are ready to respond to any traumas affecting City youth.
'No Smoking' sign
The Somerville Board of Health Six City Tobacco Initiative works to change community norms regarding the use of tobacco.
Lead Paint Safe Somerville
Lead Paint Safe Somerville is a limited-time program that provides 0% interest forgivable loans to Somerville homeowners to address lead hazards.
Illustration of a rat carrying pizza
The City of Somerville is committed to rodent control and public education. Together, we can combat this fact of city life.
Mayor Joe Curtatone at a ribbon cutting ceremony
An old smartphone displaying the recycling symbol
It's easy for Somerville residents and businesses to recycle electronic waste responsibly.
Four Somerville volunteers smile for the camera at the 2013 Spring Cleanup Event.
There are lots of ways to be involved with Somerville, shape the community, and share your talents, so get involved and Be Somerville!
Aerial view of the Somerville Housing Authority's Mystic Development