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Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE) is now 2Life Communities.

Why the name change?

Rendering of Golda Meir House expansion

Golda Meir House Expansion

We have been awarded development rights to a 16,900-square-foot parcel owned by the City of Newton adjacent to Golda Meir House, enabling us to expand this community with 68 new apartments.

Golda Meir House currently has 199 apartments and a beautiful new “Village Center” with common spaces such as a dining room, library, computer center, store, salon, and fitness center, all renovated in 2017 and 2018 as part of a complete modernization of the property.

The proposed expansion includes:  

  • Two additions connecting the new units on every floor to the existing building
  • 68 new apartments, which will be affordable to seniors with a range of incomes (a mix of 1 and 2 bedrooms)
  • Nine apartments designated for chronically homeless individuals, with supportive services provided by Hearth, Inc. in collaboration with 2Life staff
  • A new ADA-accessible entrance from the upper parking lot
  • A reconfigured parking lot with approximately 29 additional parking spaces
  • Improved outdoor spaces and gardens
  • 2Life Communities will be collaborating with an area college on a graduate student "musician in residence" program

The additions will be seamlessly integrated with the management and operations of the existing Golda Meir House with access to award-winning programs and supportive services. The Golda Meir House “Village Center” not only combats isolation for our residents, but welcomes community members to take part in programming.

Over 5,000 households in Newton are paying over 30 percent of their income for their housing costs, the definition of cost-burdened.

- “Newton Leads 2040” Housing Strategy (June 2016)

In addition to creating much-needed affordable housing, the Golda Meir House expansion will create new opportunities for aging in community in Newton. UMass Boston’s January 2018 report “Newton Older Adults” found that approximately 17 percent of Newton residents are age 65 or older and this is projected to increase to 24 percent by 2030. Of these community members over 65, 27.7 percent are living alone and 8.5 percent have an income below the poverty level.

Project Summary

Show Your Support

2Life appreciates the local support and thoughtful input for the project received to date. We engaged extensively with neighbors and the City of Newton through the surplussing and disposition process. In December 2018, the Zoning Board of Appeals approved our Comprehensive Permit and the City Council and Community Preservation Committee awarded $3.25 million in Community Preservation Act funds to the project. Our next step is to secure state funding, and strong local support will help our chances. We hope that you will add your name to our petition, if you haven’t already, and take a moment to share it with your friends and neighbors.

To receive updates on the Golda Meir House Expansion, please contact Rachel Belanger, Project Manager, rbelanger@2lifecommunities.org.