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Somerville Rallies to Help Rush Street Fire Victims

Our communities have responded with great urgency and support after 32 people where displaced last week by a fire on Rush Street in Somerville. The Somerville Homeless Coalition (SHC) has set up an online fundraiser, which, as of now, has raised almost $19,000 for the victims. For those interested in donating, please visit this link to help the SHC reach its $25,000 goal.

Additionally, the City of Somerville has set up a donation drive to help the victims get much needed clothing items to ease their burden during this difficult time of transition. If you wish to contribute, items can be delivered to the Cummings School on 42 Prescott Street in Somerville, through the purple door off of the Prescott Playground area, Monday through Friday between 8:30am – 3:00pm. Below is list of items needed by the victims – please make sure that the clothing (particularly undergarments) are new or in excellent condition and pre-laundered:

Men: (need multiples of sweatshirts, T-shirts, underwear, sweatpants, socks)

Pants/Jeans: 33X 32 34X32
Shoes: 9, 9.5, 10
Sneakers: 9, 9.5, 10 (2)
T-Shirts: L
Underwear: M
Shirts: L
Sweatshirts /Sweaters: L
Belt: 34

Women: (need multiples of sweatshirts, T-shirts, underwear, sweatpants,socks)
Sandals: 6.5
Slippers: 6.5
Sneakers: 7, 8.5
Sweat shirt with zipper: M
Jeans: 28/ M
Sweat Pants: M
T shirts: M
Bras: 36 B
Pajamas: M
Underwear: M

Children’s:

Boys
Pants/jeans: size 16, 8 (2)
Sweatshirts and sweatpants: Sm, Med, Large
Shirt: sm, med, large, XL
Underwear: sm, m, l, xl

Girls
Girls size 12, 10, 8
Sweatshirt/pants: Sm, Med, Large
Underwear: sm, m, l

Infant:
Girls 6-8 months

GLX Legislators Push Back Against Public Meeting Cancellation

I was very concerned to learn last night that MassDOT plans to cancel its final public meeting on the Green Line Extension design review, which was originally planned for the evening of May 5th. Given the importance of this project to the Somerville, Cambridge, and Medford communities, I oppose this decision, which will eliminate a key opportunity for the public to be involved in the GLX design review process. Below is a letter that members of the GLX delegation sent to Secretary Pollack this afternoon.

20160428_GLX_Public_Meeting_Letter

Rental Applications Now Available for Union Sq Apartments

The Somerville Community Corporation (SCC) is accepting applications for Union Square Apartments through May, 5th 2016. The apartment complex, which will replace the old Boys and Girls club on 181 Washington Street, is a mixed-use development project expected to include ground floor commercial space and 35 rental units dedicated to low-income and middle-income housing.

The apartments are expected to be move-in ready in August of this year, and individuals and families can apply for one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments by submitting applications by May 5th in person before 4pm at Winn Residential Office on 7 Memorial Road in Somerville or by mail postmarked no later than May 5th to the same address.

You can download the application online or pick it up in person at the following locations in Somerville:

  • Winn Residential Office – 7 Memorial Road #109
  • Somerville Community Corporation – 337 Somerville Avenue
  • Somerville Housing Authority – 30 Memorial Road
  • Somerville Homeless Coalition – 1 Davis Square
  • City Hall and Annex – 93 Highland Avenue
  • Somerville Library – 79 Highland Avenue

For more information on the application process including how applicants are selected, please visit this link or attend SCC’s informational session on April 14th at 6:00pm at Somerville Community Corporation, 337 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143. Application information is also available online in Haitian-Creole, Portuguese, and Spanish.