About the ResiStat Program

The ResiStat program is Somerville's effort to bring data-driven discussions and decision-making to residents. It strives to promote civic engagement with online tools – including a weekly email newsletter – and regular community meetings.

The goal of ResiStat is to connect residents from all backgrounds to City Hall, providing valuable information to residents and using their feedback to improve city services.

ResiStat community meetings take place twice a year in each of Somerville’s seven wards. They usually occur in spring and fall. At these meetings, residents meet the mayor, their local aldermen and key City officials, such as police district commanders. Residents learn about important data underpinning decision-making in Somerville. This often includes budget projections, crime statistics, economic development figures and other relevant information. Each meeting begins with informal meet-and-greets and refreshments. You can find out which ward and precinct you live in with the MySomerville address lookup tool.

ResiStat's weekly City email newsletter informs residents about important City news, events, and information. We encourage residents to sign up for the newsletter below.

We also encourage residents to visit the Somerville Data Farm online portal, where you can find daily updates about things like 311 calls and police incidents. The Data Farm also includes a number of raw datasets. We invite residents to dive into this data and share any insights with City Hall.

  • Meetings & Presentations

  • City Newsletter

  • Mayor in My Back Yard (MIMBY)

ResiStat to Hold Virtual, Topic-Based Fall Meetings

Topics include COVID-19 response, pandemic-related housing issues, mental health & wellness, racial & social justice, support for the arts community, and a senior town hall.

With the City still unable to hold in-person meetings due to coronavirus concerns, ResiStat will host a series of virtual events in the coming weeks, giving residents the opportunity to engage with Somerville elected officials and staff on key topics. The fall ResiStat series kicked off with an arts community town hall on September 15 and will continue with five more installments beginning on Thursday, October 15, covering the City’s COVID-19 response, housing issues during this pandemic, mental health and wellness, racial and social justice, and senior issues. 

Normally ResiStat holds seven separate meetings each fall and spring in each of Somerville’s seven voting wards. Given the socially-distanced circumstances necessitated by the current pandemic, online meetings that enable residents from all around the city to attend are designed to foster maximum participation. Members of the public are encouraged to attend as many meetings as they like.

“We have held a number of virtual town halls in recent months dealing with coronavirus topics, and have gotten strong attendance for them,” said Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. “This is the most effective way for us to create an opportunity for community engagement at this point in time. Just because we can’t gather together doesn’t mean we can’t still be involved with the issues affecting our city. I look forward to a productive set of meetings.”

The schedule for the fall 2020 ResiStat meetings is:

  • October 15, Thursday - Housing During COVID-19
  • October 20, Tuesday - Coronavirus Update & Response
  • October 21, Wednesday - Senior Issues
  • October 28, Wednesday - Mental Health & Wellness
  • TBA - Racial & Social Justice

All meetings will start at 6 p.m. and are scheduled to run at least an hour. Residents can log in to the meetings through somervillema.gov/virtualtownhall. Live simultaneous Spanish interpretation and English captioning will be available. Portuguese, Haitian Kreyol and Nepali interpretation can be requested by emailing [email protected].

 

 


Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings should contact Nency Salamoun at [email protected] or 617-625-6600 ext. 2323.

For more information and regular COVID-19 updates, visit somervillema.gov/coronavirus and sign up for City alerts at somervillema.gov/Alerts. We urge you to sign up for every alert method you are able to receive: phone call, text, email. Also follow FB.com/SomervilleCity and @SomervilleCity. 

 

Mayor Joe Curtatone would like to visit your house, apartment, backyard, deck, or patio if you’ll have him. Whether you have a policy question, thoughts on an issue facing Somerville, or just want to chat he'd love to hear from you. As innovative and creative as Somerville is, we haven't figured out cloning yet so there are currently three MIMBY dates available, but we do hope to have more available in the future. If you're interested in hosting, please share your information at the link below.