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JCHE Expands to Brookline

Posted: December 11, 2017

We recently published the winter issue of Thriving in Community, JCHE's newsletter featuring timely stories and information. One of the stories is reproduced below. 

“I don’t know where I’d be if it wasn’t for JCHE’s affordable apartments. Everyone who works and lives here is like friends and family,” says JCHE resident Cynthia, echoing the sentiment we hear again and again from residents and their families, who are grateful for the affordable and loving communities they call home.

Across the state, there’s a rising demand for these communities, and despite its perceived affluence, Brookline is no exception. According to the Brookline Community Foundation, 17% of Brookline adults over age 75 live at or below poverty. Meanwhile, at least 2,000 Brookline seniors are on a waiting list for affordable housing in Brookline.

Fulfilling our promise to expand affordable, supportive senior housing in the Commonwealth, we are gearing up to apply to the state for funding for a new state-of-the-art, sustainable, 62-unit building in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner at 370 Harvard Street —a project made possible thanks to JCHE acquiring land from our partner on the project, Congregation Kehillath Israel.

Once completed, the new campus will include inviting and vibrant resident common spaces, ground floor commercial space for community-oriented retail, a beautiful public “pocket park” on Harvard Street, and a private landscaped courtyard.

Centrally located near popular dining, shops, a library, an independent bookstore, pharmacies, the Coolidge Corner Theater, the Town of Brookline’s Senior Center, and much more, JCHE’s newest campus will serve as a “village center”—inviting the community in, and offering all of JCHE’s award-winning programs and supportive services including educational classes, intergenerational programs, transportation, fitness classes, and cultural events.

We are truly grateful for the amazing local support we have received for the project from the Town of Brookline. Incorporating insight from our neighbors to develop a design everyone would love, we were honored that the Town has committed $2.5 million to the project.

We believe every senior in Massachusetts should have access to affordable housing and the opportunity to Age in Community—to live a full life of connection and purpose in a dynamic, supportive environment. Our new Brookline campus in Coolidge Corner—which we hope to break ground on in early 2019—moves us one step closer to this vision.

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“There is no better neighborhood in the United States for an older adult to live in [than Coolidge Corner].” —Len Fishman, Director of UMass-Gerontology Institute.  

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