News & Notes

  • Apr 20, 2016
    The Welcome Project had the chance to sit down with Van Hardy, member of Union United, to learn more about the community benefits agreement (CBA) and the issues the organization faces regarding development in Union Square and surrounding areas. Union United is working to channel development, in anticipation of the extension of the green line, in ways that prevent displacement and provide mechanisms for people to stay in their communities. However, gentrification and displacement is already happening and community-led organizations like Union United have not had much say in the decision process thus far.
  • Apr 15, 2016
    The Volunteer Mental Health Advocate program (VHMA) started this past September at The Welcome Project by BU intern, Jasmin Choi. The VMHA serves as both a weekly class and life-skill/support group that focuses on addressing the stigma surrounding mental health specifically in the immigrant community of Somerville. Members of the class learn to serve as community advocates and facilitate dialogue about mental health issues in their communities.
  • Apr 10, 2016

    This summer The Welcome Project will be part of a community-based participatory research project headed by members of the UEP (Urban & Environmental Policy) department at Tufts University. The project, currently known as, “Residents’ Experiences of Gentrification in Somerville: A Community-Led Listening and Learning Pilot Project,” aims to understand how Somerville immigrant and low-income residents are experiencing gentrification and development in Somerville.