Reject the Waiver: Rally for Affordable Housing!

May 18, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave
MA 02143
Katie Gradowski

Original Facebook event here

–> What does it mean for Somerville to be a sanctuary city if the people this label is supposed to protect can’t afford to live here?

–> If we have to fight for a small amount of “affordable housing” in our city doesn’t that mean that most housing isn’t affordable?

–> Do you know someone who has had to move to another city or can’t afford to live here because of the rising rent prices?

Join the #HomeMovement and help make Somerville a city where everyone can afford to have a home. We’ll be hosting the largest “affordable housing” rally at City Hall in the history of the city and we need you!!

This kick-off event will take place on May 18th when the Planning Board will vote on whether or not to give Federal Realty, a large-scale developer, a waiver that will allow them to only build 12.5% of units as affordable housing instead of the 20% required by law.

As of last spring there were 2,200 households on the waitlist for an affordable rental unit in Somerville. We are in the middle of a housing crisis and families are leaving Somerville in droves because they cannot afford to live here. In this housing market, every unit matters. If Federal Realty gets their waiver, we will lose 37 units of affordable housing for Somerville families. Meanwhile, a billion-dollar developer will get to set a precedent for not playing by the City’s rules.

We say NO WAY. We’re going to stand up and fight back. Join us!

Co-sponsored by Indivisible Somerville, The Welcome Project, Affordable Housing Organizing Committee – AHOC, Cambridge-Somerville for Change, Somerville Community Corporation (SCC), Our Revolution Somerville, Union United!