The Somerville Department of Veterans’ Services honors the service and sacrifice of veterans through advocacy, services and engagement. The Department strives to take a “Veterans Come First” approach to all services by taking the time to engage with Somerville’s veterans, learn their concerns, and work to improve their lives and our responsiveness in meeting their needs.
Personal Services Changes
Personal Services are projected up 8% for FY22.
There are no significant personnel changes within the department.
Changes in salaries are due to negotiated collective bargaining agreements and merit increases based on annual performance reviews.
Ordinary Maintenance Changes
Ordinary Maintenance costs are projected up 12% for FY22.
The Professional & Technical Services budget has been returned to pre-pandemic levels to support upcoming events.
FY22 Goals & Measures of Progress
Goal 1: Marketing, Communication and Advertising program development to proactively identify Veterans not currently engaged that are residents of in the City of Somerville.
- Analyze social media engagement, response to other strategic marketing/communications activities.
Goal 2: Improve accessibility of mental resources for Veterans by 10%.
- Create data analysis pipeline by improved tracking and reporting for Veterans referrals to compare YOY referrals.
Goal 3: Relaunch and revamp Commission on Monuments, Memorials and Dedications to recognize and honor living Veterans.
- Successful completion of at least 5 dedications honoring living Veterans.