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Artist Certification


Artist Live/Work Certification for Available Housing

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Artist Housing Certification for newly constructed artist live/work units at the new Powderhouse/Marka development is now available here.

This development will have five "market rate" units and three "inclusionary" units.   All eight units will require applicants to possess an Artist Certification prior to application for either unit types.  

In this PDF document you will find:  an application, an informational overview, and a Frequently Asked Questions.   Please read carefully and note deadlines for the Market Rate certification and the Inclusionary certification.   

The certification deadlines to apply for the following units are: 

Market Rate Units:  Friday, August 14th, 2020
Inclusionary Units:  Friday, September 18th 2020

The Council, City Housing staff, and the developer agent will be hosting a live, virtual, public information meeting about the inclusionary units on Wednesday, Sept. 9th at 6:30 p.m.  To register for this Go to Webinar with ability to see documents and ask questions please register here:

You can also call in to hear:  +1 (631) 992-3221

If you do not have GoToWebinar you can access here: 

For more information about how to apply for the specific inclusionary artists units (or inclusionary units in general) please download this pdf here in English.    In Portuguese.  In SpanishIn Haitian Creleo.  In Nepali. 
Applications for these inclusionary units are available now and have a deadline of Oct. 5th at 2 p.m.  To apply go to:    You will need an artist certification to fully complete the application.

Somerville’s current zoning includes provisions that certain new development require “artist use.”   If a new development creates “Artist Live/Work”  or “Artist Studio Space” a certification process will accompany those units.   This policy will ensure that development built for artists will retain artists. 

For more information on Somerville's arts zoning and cultural economic development work go here.