B'nai B'rith Sponsored Facility Wins Prestigious Jack Kemp Workforce Housing Models of Excellence Award
The B’nai B’rith New England sponsored facility, The Fairways at 33Com, was named as one of four recipients of the Jack Kemp Workforce Housing Models of Excellence Awards by the Urban Land Institute (ULI), recognizing innovation and creativity in developing affordable housing for working families in America.“What is exciting about this development is that it is very replicable, particularly in affluent suburban communities which have lost much of their economic diversity and which are grappling with how to retain young professionals, families and elders who want to return to these communities,” said Susan L. Gittelman, executive director of B’nai B’rith Housing New England.
Known locally as 33Comm, the property is situated in Newton, Massachusetts, and includes 15 deed-restricted affordable condominiums for working families. These condominiums provide middle income families the opportunity to live in a smart growth community, conveniently located near public transportation, commercial facilities, and near Boston College, one of the area’s largest employers.
“It’s the first affordable housing of its kind in the Chestnut Hill area of Newton,” said Marvin Siflinger, chair of the senior housing committee of B’nai B’rith International and president of B’nai B’rith Housing New England board of directors, “It’s in a beautiful neighborhood with a lot of amenities.”
ULI is research and education non-profit with the mission to provide leadership and guidance in responsible community development and land use around the world.
The award will be presented to B’nai B’rith at ULI’s Jack Kemp Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. at the Renaissance Hotel.