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Frequently Asked Questions

Thanks to public and private funding, we’ve created affordable homes in vibrant communities for 1,500 adults age 62 and older at four campuses in Greater Boston.

2Life Communities, a nonprofit organization founded in 1965, operates on the belief that all seniors should have the opportunity to live a full life of connection and purpose in a dynamic, supportive environment – a model we call aging in community, which directly combats the growing public health crisis of social isolation and loneliness among older adults.

At 2Life Communities, residents can step out the doors of their own apartments and find friendship, community, physical and intellectual stimulation, and a helping hand day or night.  Serving a diverse population of 1,500 older adults, 2Life creates communities with a laser sharp focus on affordability – a tremendous concern given that Massachusetts is the state with the 2nd largest gap in the U.S. between seniors’ median income and the cost of living.

Our Tagline

Age affordably. Live well.”  reflects our ongoing commitment to making community, dignity, and independence affordable to all.

Our Residents

  • Across our four campuses, 1,500 residents live in our 1,200 apartments. The median household income is $10,100 per year.
     
  • Our residents are 67 percent female, 33 percent male. Their average age is 81. Residents come from 30 countries and speak 26 languages.
     
  • Less than 3% of 2Life residents move to nursing homes each year. On average, they are 88 years old versus a national average of 79. 

Properties

Each of our buildings has income-qualified apartments, and two of the locations also have affordable market rate apartments. All 2Life Communities housing is available on an equal opportunity basis.

  • Our Brighton campus with four connected buildings—Ulin, Leventhal, and Kurlat Houses and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg House—serves 900+ people in 762 apartments.
     
  • Our two campuses in Newton—Golda Meir House and Coleman House—serve 375 people in 345 apartments.
     
  • Our community in Framingham—Shillman House—serves 159 people in 150 apartments.
     
  • We maintain our properties to the highest standards with on-site maintenance and emergency response in each building 24/7/365.
     
  • We are currently developing a new community at 370 Harvard Street in Brookline, and planning to expand Golda Meir House in Newton.
     

Programs and Services

  • Resident Services Coordinators (RSCs) know each of our residents and work to ensure that everyone has access to the services they need. RSCs are culturally competent and fluent in the main languages spoken by our residents They promote resident-led activities such as book groups and current events discussions.
     
  • Each current 2Life Communities campus has a staffed Fitness Center where we provide residents with skills to prevent falls; mitigate arthritis, osteoporosis, and other diseases; and remain active.
     
  • Intergenerational programs include extensive volunteer opportunities with local schools and colleges, including conversation classes, tutoring, and pen pals.
     
  • Lifelong learning is a key element of 2Life Communities. Last year we held 624 classes, lectures, and discussions featuring professors from local colleges, authors, thought leaders, and experts from around the globe.
     
  • Art, music and other cultural appreciation events are part of one’s daily life at 2Life Communities.
     
  • We host holiday celebrations throughout the year honoring our diverse residents’ traditions.
     
  • Volunteers make meaningful contributions to our residents’ lives and to our campuses. 2Life Communities hosted over 1,000 volunteers in 2018.

Funding

  • The majority (~95 percent) of our 1,200 fully-equipped apartments are subsidized to be affordable to seniors in need; others are offered at very reasonable rates.
     
  • The median household income of 2Life Communities’ residents living in subsidized units is $10,110/year.
     
  • While government resources fund buildings operations, 2Life Communities relies on private donations to support the programs and services that transform our properties into engaging and caring communities.