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Cong. Pressley, Mayor, POAH, Advocates celebrate $2.4M in federal funds for Clarendon Hill housing

January 5, 2024

Federal Dollars Delivered by Pressley Will Boost Affordable Housing, Accessibility, Green Space, & Safe Transit for Ethnically, Linguistically & Economically Diverse Neighborhood

SOMERVILLE – Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) visited Somerville to celebrate the $2.4 million in federal funding she secured to support the community-led transformation of the Clarendon Hill housing community, an ethnically, linguistically and economically diverse neighborhood in Somerville. The federal dollars delivered by Rep. Pressley will help increase safe and affordable housing, promote accessibility for residents with disabilities, and support the development of green and open community space for residents.

Rep. Pressley was joined for a roundtable discussion and press conference by Somerville Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, Diane Cohen, Executive Director of the Somerville Housing Authority, Cory Mian and Rodger Brown of Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH), Gonzalo Puigbo, Chief Executive Officer of the Somerville Community Corporation, and Somerville elected officials, housing advocates, and community leaders.

“Housing and transit are two resources that can radically transform communities when we invest in them, and the Clarendon Hill project sits at the intersection of both,” said Rep. Pressley. “As we work in Congress to advance bold, long-term federal investments in affordable housing and public transit as a public good, I’m so proud to deliver these much-needed resources to support Somerville residents and change and save lives in the short-term. I’m grateful to Mayor Ballantyne, Somerville city officials, and our housing advocates for their partnership on this important project – a direct investment in our people and a testament to our model of cooperative governing.”

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Photo: Somerville Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, POAH Sr. VP RE Development Cory Mian

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