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U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III Headlines Launch of JCHE's Golda Meir House Modernization

Posted: February 23, 2017

Today, we celebrated the launch of our Golda Meir House modernization project--a major renovation initiative that will transform JCHE's Newton campus into a truly modern senior living facilitiy. 

We were honored to welcome guest speakers U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, Newton Mayor Setti Warren, MassHousing Executive Director Tim Sullivan, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Chrystal Kornegay, and Wells Fargo Assistant Vice President Beau Owen to help kick off the event.

Speaking before a packed room of Newton City Councilors, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development staff, Golda’s residents, and JCHE staff and board members, our special guests expressed a steadfast commitment to JCHE’s Aging in Community model and pledged their support to help expand affordable housing for low-income seniors.

Following a beautiful rendition of Oh, What a Beautiful Morning by Golda's resident choir The Melodiers, JCHE President & CEO Amy Schectman took the stage to introduce Rep. Joe Kennedy III. 

"Through their modernization project, Golda Meir will provide compassionate, comfortable affordable housing for our seniors that will allow them to age with dignity," Kennedy stressed. 

"I'm deeply grateful for the partnership between the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the City of Newton that made today’s groundbreaking possible," he added. 

Mayor Setti Warren spoke of the crucial need to expand the kinds of supportive communities JCHE fosters, and stressed how proud Newton is for having contributed Community Development Block Grant funds that made the refinancing of Golda's mortgage possible.  

Golda’s 199 units will be renovated to include new kitchens, bathrooms, windows, high efficiency heating and central air conditioning, and handicap-accessible amenities. We will completely overhaul the 1980 building’s outdated electrical and plumbing systems and install state-of-the-art sustainable systems and materials.

The modernization will also reconfigure Golda's ground floor to create a “village center” environment to encourage resident participation in JCHE programs and services and to foster a strong sense of community. This initiative facilitates JCHE’s Aging In Community model, which stresses the importance of older adults living a full life of connection and purpose in a dynamic, supportive environment.

The $31 million renovation project guarantees preservation of long term affordability for a range of incomes—an integral component of JCHE’s mission.  

To watch the full video of the event, please visit

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