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Learn More about Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) at Control Planning Meeting, Thursday, December 15

The City of Somerville, the City of Cambridge, and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) invite you to a virtual public meeting on Thursday, December 15, to discuss improving water quality in our rivers through the development of an updated Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control Plan. Meeting interpretation will be available into Arabic, Amharic, Bengali, Nepalese, Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole. The presentation materials and the recording will be made available…

Somerville Announces New Housing Support for Low-Income Households Excluded from Federal Assistance

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne is pleased to announce that the City and the Somerville Affordable Housing Trust Fund (SAHTF) are each committing $1.8M to fund the first five years of the City’s Municipal Voucher Program (“MVP”), a deeply affordable long-term housing subsidy with priority for families excluded from federal housing programs, including immigrant families. Additional initial funding is being provided through ARPA funds.  “The data show that stable housing is vital to keeping kids healthy…

Register for Youth Substance Misuse Prevention Data Share & Discussion on Thursday, December 1, 2022

The Somerville, Everett, Arlington, and Lexington (S.E.A.L.) Massachusetts Collaborative for Action, Leadership, and Learning (MassCALL3) cluster will host a Youth Substance Misuse Prevention Data Share Back & Discussion event on Thursday, December 1, 2022, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. To register, please go to bit.ly/masscall3. Additional sessions in Spanish and Portuguese will also be held via Zoom. The Spanish-language session will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, via bit.ly/…

Somerville Arts Council Seeks Three New Seeks Members

Open Positions: ThreeTerm: Three years; with a possibility of renewing for up to one more three-year term.  The City of Somerville Arts Council, an advisory and ministerial multiple-member body of the city, seeks three new members. Residents with arts (broadly defined), community development, program development expertise or experience are preferred, but all Somerville residents are invited to apply. The estimated time commitment for members is a minimum of 1.5 hours per month for monthly…

Sign Up Today for the Somerville Youth Winter Shoveling Program

The 2022/23 Somerville Teen Shoveling Program, a paid opportunity for youth to help local seniors and homeowners with disabilities after a snowstorm, is currently accepting applications. The program is available for teens aged 13 to 19 years old. All interested youths must submit an application. Youths aged 18 or 19 must also submit a CORI form.  Once registered for the program, youth will be assigned one or more homes for the duration of the snow season, and will be contacted by their assigned…

Two Affordable Rental Opportunities: 126 Cross St. and 29 Alpine St.

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the City of Somerville Housing Division are pleased to announce two affordable rental opportunities: one 4-bedroom unit at 126 Cross St. and one 2-bedroom unit at 29 Alpine St. Income-eligible households with a combined gross income at or below 50% of the Median Family Income (Cross St.) or between 81% and 110% of the Median Family Income (Alpine St.) will be eligible to apply. About 126 Cross St.: One income-restricted four-bedroom unit is available at 126 Cross St…

Prepare for the 2022/2023 Snow Season by Reviewing Parking Rules, Signing Up for Alerts

Because this winter begins in an even-numbered year, snow emergency parking will be on the even side of the street all winter, unless posted signage says differently. Check street signs in your neighborhood so you know where you can park ahead of winter weather. You can also learn more about the City’s snow policies at somervillema.gov/snow. Snow emergencies are announced in a variety of ways, including through phone, text, and email City alerts. Make sure you’re signed up for alerts in every…

Celebrate the Holidays in Somerville in December

All are invited to join Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and City staff for Somerville’s 2022 holiday celebrations throughout the month of December. Holiday Lighting & Santa Visit We’ll kick off on Thursday, December 8, with the Holiday Lighting on the City Hall Concourse, followed by a meet-and-greet with Santa Claus in the Somerville High School Cafeteria. All children who attend will receive a special gift from Santa and will have an opportunity to take a photo with Old St. Nick. Activities…

Joint Statement on the Club Q Mass Shooting in Colorado

By now, many of you have already heard reports from Colorado Springs, Colorado about a fatal shooting at an LGBTQ+ nightclub. The shooting is currently being investigated as a hate crime, and rightfully so. That we are yet again issuing a joint statement condemning a horrific act of violence in our country should be unfathomable. Sadly it is not. In the United States this year there have been more than 600 mass shootings, with more than 26 in the month of November alone. Our LGBTQ+ communities…

Somerville Expands Youth Services and Housing Supports with COVID-19 Relief Funds

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne’s administration is leveraging funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to expand City youth services and grow the City’s Office of Housing Stability (OHS). Both areas of focus are designed to address significant pandemic impacts to the community. “We are still learning the full impact COVID-19 had on the Somerville community, but we can already observe that the pandemic had an outsized effect on our youth population and residents facing housing stability,” said…

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