Save Our Homes: Help us Reach our Goal
Our goal for the 14th Annual Save Our Homes Walk is to raise $50,000. Last year the Walk raised almost $50,000. All funds were used to provide cash grants to families and individuals living in Somerville to help them avoid the devastation of homelessness. While we were able to help 149 households (with 319 people, including 120 children), many more applied. Help us raise $50,000 this year!
- Support! We are asking that you consider sponsoring Save Our Homes. All of the details are outlined on the sponsor form.
- Walk! The Save Our Homes Walk is scheduled for Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00p.m. The Walk begins and ends at Somerville High School, and the route tours our city’s affordable housing and demonstrates our strong support for permanent housing for low- and moderate- income individuals and families.
- Organize! Introduce Save Our Homes to your business, political organization, social group, or faith-based community. Contact Kathryn Benjamin at [email protected] to find out about having a team for the walk.
Save Our Homes: How it works
Joe Cafe, a veteran of the first Iraq war, had been living in a half-way house in Somerville for over a year and working full-time as a security guard in Boston, making $8.50 an hour. The staff of the house noticed his responsibility had asked him to mentor newcomers and take on other responsibilities at the house. It was a good place for him, but he didn’t really need the support of the house and they needed to make room for new people. Plus, from his perspective, he missed having his own apartment and being able to have a dog.
Fortunately, in the winter of 2010 he received a Section 8 housing subsidy that would allow him to pay a third of his gross income in rent. He had been saving up money to move and had enough for first and lasts months’ rent and a moving truck, but didn’t have enough to pay the security deposit. When he came to SCC he was excited about the apartment he had found but was disappointed that he couldn’t afford the deposit and didn’t know what he was going to do. SCC, using the Walk Funds, was able to pay for a portion of the deposit so that Joe could move into his new place. Now 24 months sober and having gotten a better job at the VA Hospital, Joe is happy to have a place of his own and a home for his new dog, Rusty.