In This Issue
Member Forum
Upcoming Events & Meetings
Quick Links
Home for the Holidays
Union United Member Calls for CBA
First Source Jobs Program Restructuring
Raise Up MA
Clarendon Hill/North Street Update
Give a Gift, Get a Gift

Member Forum
As a board member for the Somerville Community Corporation, I often make a case for supporting the organization. 

Despite the fact that it has been a trying year for everyone - perhaps precisely because it has been such a difficult year - supporting SCC is even more important.

We hope you will consider giving at whatever level you are able to give to maintain affordability and diversity in the city.

Upcoming Events & Meetings  
Visit the interactive calendar  on our website, and get involved.

And join SCC, with Mayor Joseph Curtatone and DHCD Undersecretary Chrystal Kornegay, at the January 5, 2017, ribbon cutting ceremony, starting at 2 p.m., for the  Union Square Apartments, 181 Washington Street.

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For many of us, the holiday season is the one chance we get each year to celebrate all that is good in this complicated world with family and friends. This holiday, 35 families are celebrating moving into their new homes at the Union Square Apartments. Read my CEO Forum about this, and put the January 5, 2017, ribbon cutting ceremony on your calendar.

This month we also provide an update on the Clarendon Hill/North Street redevelopment project and share SCC Board Member Stephanie Toews-Moeling's piece on why she gives to SCC and hopes you will. We also get an update on Raise Up MA and the Fight for $15.

Take care, have great holidays and we will be in touch in the new year. 

SCC CEO Daniel LeBlanc

PS -- As you finalize your year-end giving, please consider SCC.

CEO Forum: Home for the Holidays
At Somerville Community Corporation we received a sort of holiday present when we were issued our Certificate of Occupancy for the 35 new affordable apartments at 181 Washington Street the day before Thanksgiving.

More importantly, that meant that 35 deserving households would get to move into their new housing for the holiday season
Read more.

Union United Member Calls for CBA
SCC and Union United member Dirce Silva is the owner of Union Square Tailoring, which has been in the neighborhood for 11 years. 

She shares why a CBA, or Community Benefits Agreement, is critical for Union Square.  Read more on our website.

First Source Jobs Restructuring 
The First Source Jobs Program is undergoing program restructuring. We will maintain active files with all of our program participants, and will resume our coaching and case management services in February/March 2017.  If you are in need of immediate service, please contact: 
Thais DeMarco, Director of Economic Opportunity, 617.776.5931.
See also:  GeneralEnglish

Raise Up MA and the Fight for $15
On November 29, the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition announced that it will be introducing legislation next year to raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021.

This would affect almost one million low-wage workers in the state, including many in Somerville working in the restaurant and retail industry.  Learn more.

Update on Clarendon Hill/North Street
Somerville Community Corporation is moving forward with our partners Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) and Gate Residential in planning for the potential redevelopment of the Clarendon Hill/North Street public housing in West Somerville.

We are in the final stretch of our 2016 Social Equity Campaign, getting closer to our $300,000 goal. But we still need your support to get there!   Consider a Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) eligible donation -- and get a 50% tax credit that simultaneously allows for a federal charitable tax deduction!  Read more.  

As always, we appreciate feedback. Be sure to join us on Facebook & Twitter for the most current info on what we're up to and how to get involved. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you soon! 

Daniel LeBlanc
Somerville Community Corporation