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Mayor Ballantyne Introduces Innovative Municipal Housing Voucher Program

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne announced today the City of Somerville's Office of Housing Stability’s (OHS) new Municipal Voucher Program that targets needed local support to families historically underserved by broader government housing programs. “We know that families in need of housing help are falling through the gaps, and our new voucher program will help Somerville families that need it most secure stable, local, housing so they can continue to thrive here,” said Mayor Katjana Ballantyne. “Our…

New Somerville School Building Committee Seeking Members

Are you interested in helping to provide technical and fiscal oversight for Somerville’s next school construction project? Apply to join the Somerville School Building Committee by the deadline on Friday, April 5, 2024.  Based on the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA)’s recent vote to invite Somerville into their funding program, our next school construction project will address the school building needs of the Winter Hill Community Innovation School and potentially the Benjamin G.…

Somerville Board of Health Updating Tobacco and Nicotine Regulations

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne is announcing that the Somerville Board of Health recently tightened two key regulations for tobacco/nicotine retail sales in Somerville. As of March 1, 2024, the cap on the number of tobacco/nicotine retail licenses within Somerville will progressively decline. Each time a permit is surrendered, revoked, or not renewed, the cap will be adjusted downward. Additionally, all retailers will now be required to verify the age of every purchaser of tobacco/nicotine products…

Interim Paving and Streetscape Planning for Highland Avenue

To help community members stay informed on planned work for Highland Avenue, the City of Somerville is sharing important information regarding the current timeline for utility work, upcoming interim paving, and the streetscape redesign process.  Mayor Katjana Ballantyne’s fiscal year 2024 budget, approved by the City Council in June, allocates $375,000 for interim paving of eastern Highland Avenue from Central Street to McGrath Highway. This stretch is one of Somerville’s most traveled roadways…

Mayor Ballantyne's Testimony for H.4138, The Affordable Homes Act

/**/ January 22, 2024Video recording of the entire hearing: Honorable James Arciero ChairJoint Committee on Housing State House Room 146 Boston, MA 02133 The Honorable Lydia Edwards ChairJoint Committee on Housing State House Room 413-C Boston, MA 02133  Re: H.4138, The Affordable Homes Act Dear Chairs Arciero and Edwards, and members of the Committee, I submit this testimony representing both the City of Somerville as Mayor and as Co-…

Preventing Frozen Water Pipes

Somerville Opening Overnight Warming Center to Serve Community for 2024 Winter Season

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, the City of Somerville’s Health and Human Services Office, and Housing Families, are announcing the opening of an overnight warming center for the remainder of the winter 2024 season. Starting tonight, January 8, the warming center will operate seven nights a week from 6:45 p.m. to 7 a.m., on the second floor of the Armory (191 Highland Ave). The center is scheduled to conclude operations on Sunday, March 24, 2024.  “The opening of our overnight warming center reflects…

Somerville Releases Strategic Study to Help Small Businesses Avoid Commercial Displacement

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the City of Somerville’s Office of Strategic Planning & Community Development (OSPCD) are announcing the release of Mitigating Commercial Displacement in Somerville, MA, a study commissioned by Somerville’s Economic Development team, and authored by graduate students from the Rappaport Greater Boston Advanced Applied Field Lab and the Bloomberg-Harvard Cities Field Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Upon taking office, a priority for the Ballantyne…

City of Somerville Announces Agreement Increasing School Crossing Guard Pay and Benefits

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne is announcing that the City of Somerville, and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), have successfully reached a collective bargaining agreement that will provide better wages and benefits for these essential public safety employees.  “Crossing guards play a vital role in helping our entire SPS community start and end each school day safely,” said Mayor Ballantyne. “This new collective bargaining agreement with the SEIU not only recognizes the crucial role…

Somerville American with Disabilities Act Transition Plan Task Force Seeks Members

The City of Somerville’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan Task Force, which will review and update the City’s ADA Transition Plan, is accepting applications from community members to join the Task Force. The ADA Transition Plan Task Force will be part of a community driven process to review the ADA Transition Plan and ensure that the City complies with all disability laws and promotes an environment free of discrimination and harassment for individuals with disabilities in…

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