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In the Fall of 2017, the City released a Request for Proposals for the Sale of Municipal Property at 160R Stanton Avenue, otherwise known as the Water Tower Site. This site was identified in the 2016 Newton Leads 2040 Housing Strategy as one of seven priority sites to advance affordable housing development in the City, specifically for seniors and residents with disabilities seeking supportive services. A key requirement for the purchase and redevelopment of this site is the construction and occupancy of 9-12 units of affordable housing for chronically homeless individuals with disabilities, including a social service plan to stabilize these individuals and move them towards economic self-sufficiency.
In October 2017, the City chose to move forward with the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly’s (JCHE) proposal to expand their existing Golda Meir House at 160 Stanton Avenue, which already includes 199 units of affordable senior housing with extensive programming and services. The Golda Meir House directly abuts the Water Tower Site and JCHE’s proposal envisions a physical connection between the new and old buildings to integrate new residents into their vibrant senior community and to incorporate the building’s management into a highly efficient operation.
In order to successfully provide 9-12 units of affordable housing for chronically homeless individuals with disabilities as part of this project, JCHE has partnered with Hearth, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of homelessness among the elderly though prevention, placement, and housing programs. Hearth and JCHE are currently working together on a similar project in Brighton.
JCHE is a non-profit provider of senior supportive housing in the Greater Boston area, with four locations and over 1,200 units, all of which are owned, managed and serviced by JCHE. The organization has been in existence since 1965, and two of its properties, Golda Meir House and Coleman House, are located in Newton.
Click here for the Golda Meir House Expansion Proposal Summary document.
Click here for the Golda Meir House Expansion Full Proposal document.