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The roots of the Neville Campus can be traced back to 1928, when the Mayor Michael J. Neville Manor Nursing Home was built to serve the long-term care needs of the “aged and infirmed” in the City of Cambridge.  Owned and operated by the City, the facility served a useful purpose providing compassionate care to low-income elders for over 70 years.  In 1999, the City, recognizing the need to update an aging and increasingly inefficient physical plant, released a Request for Proposals to redevelop the nursing home.

At the same time, the Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) had long been considering options to meet the needs of an increasingly frail population in its senior housing buildings across the city.  While the concept of assisted living was emerging as an option for wealthier seniors, few options existed for those on the lower income spectrum.  When the City’s RFP was released, the CHA recognized the unique opportunity to re-imagine the Neville Campus to meet a range of housing and healthcare options for frail seniors- of all incomes, but including opportunities for those of modest means.  Recognizing their expertise was in housing and not healthcare and senior services, the CHA reached out to organizations in the community that had such expertise- including the Cambridge Public Health Commission and CASCAP, Inc., a local nonprofit housing and service provider- to create a unique collaboration formally known as Neville Community Partners.

Neville Community Partners embarked on an ambitious plan to build a brand new state of the art skilled nursing center and to convert the existing building into a beautifully appointed assisted living residence.  Today Neville Center and Neville Place at Fresh Pond offer exemplary care in vibrant facilities, all situated in the breathtaking natural surroundings of Fresh Pond.  The Neville Communities campus offers a continuum of care and services for seniors of all incomes and abilities.

Neville Communities continues to be governed by a Board of Directors representing the City of Cambridge, the Cambridge Housing Authority, the Cambridge Public Health Commission and the Cambridge Affordable Housing Trust.   While the Board of Directors oversees the campus, the day to day operations are managed by two industry leaders: Landmark Health Systems, the manager of Neville Center, and Senior Living Residences, the manager of Neville Place.