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Somerville Cares Fund Applications Now Available

Somerville residents, workers, and families of SPS school students can apply for assistance

Applications for support are now being accepted for the donation-funded Somerville Cares Fund jointly launched by Mayor Joe Curtatone, the United Way, and the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS). The Somerville Cares Fund will provide emergency financial assistance to individuals and families during the COVID-19 public health crisis to meet needs such as food, housing, medicine, funeral costs, and other essential expenses. 

The fund is hosted by the United Way and administered by CAAS. In most cases, accepted applicants may receive up to $250 per person and up to $1,000 per family. There is no requirement to share immigration status (undocumented residents are eligible). 

Funding is available for:

  • Somerville residents
  • Persons who work in Somerville (including those recently laid off due to the pandemic)
  • Families with children enrolled in Somerville Public Schools

Applications will be prioritized and funded on the basis of need; not on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The application and more information can be found at

You too can donate!

This fund is entirely supported by donations. So far, more than $160,000 has been raised, but the need is greater. If you are able to help fellow community members through these difficult times, please donate what you can at

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