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About Us

Since 1965, we’ve created over 1,000 affordable homes in caring communities, ensuring that older adults can live well regardless of their income. Our work is a celebration of life!

Inspired by Jewish values and open and welcoming to the broad community, 2Life Communities develops, builds, maintains, and manages broadly affordable housing for older adults. With communities located in Brighton, Newton, and Framingham, Massachusetts, we provide more than 1,500 people with the opportunity to age affordably and live well.

A nonprofit, nonsectarian organization, we welcome low-income older adults from ALL backgrounds to live with us and participate in programs and services designed to combat loneliness and maintain the health and well-being of our residents as they age. We think of our campuses as village centers, and build connection and community within our walls and in our surrounding neighborhoods.

We are actively engaged in increasing the availability of affordable, service-enriched, supportive housing, with the goal of doubling our portfolio by 2030.

Our History

Originally known as Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE), 2Life Communities was founded in 1965 to address the housing dislocation and chronic loneliness that were threatening to devastate the final chapter in the lives of low-income Jews in Boston.