Bringing The Longfellow Commons Community to Life!


A Welcoming Place to Live Abundantly

The dream is The LONGFELLOW COMMONS Community, a creative, just, innovative and safe, independent living community in Dayton, Ohio. This project, developed by United Church Homes, will be the highlight of the downtown area, topping out around $50,000,000. As impressive as that sounds, it is the vision of this inspiring community that is most exciting. And we need your support to make it better than we imagine! The more we raise, the more inspiring and accessible it will be by making rent more affordable.

The Vision: To transform aging by building a culture of community, wholeness and peace.Longfellow Commons Library

We are passionate about this bold vision. With your help, this historic preservation project will support urban revitalization in an area of Dayton that has been underserved. Together, we will reclaim and transform a historic school, nestled in Grafton Hill. This transformation will create community where neighbors can live their best days in a fun, inclusive and thriving community.

The Longfellow Commons Community is the perfect project for this time and place.

The Longfellow Commons Community will use architecture, design and services to provide for the individual needs of the surrounding area, age 55+, including LGBTQ+ residents. Private and common spaces will address personal safety, wellness, social connections and fulfillment of the dream of living happily and accepted in later life.


Longfellow Gathering Space

The Longfellow Commons Community says: “Breathe. Relax. Rest. It’s okay to live here. It’s okay to be here. It’s okay to live and to be.”
-Sam Brinker, transgender man; Attorney-at-law

Residents will enjoy:

• Living in a safe and inclusive independent living community
• Receiving the support, dignity and respect each deserves
• Benefiting from the best technology and social services available so that, as they age, they may remain at home in comfort and safety
• Experiencing social interactions in a judgement-free community
• Opportunities for volunteering in both residential and local projects that benefit the neighborhood and the city
• Having a safety net that reduces isolation and addresses food and housing insecurity
• Access to wellness and behavioral health resources


• Three-acre campus of the former Longfellow School in the Grafton Hill neighborhood
• Renovations and new construction
• (125) One- and Two-bedroom units ranging in size from 800 sqft -1800 sqft
• Residential living setting that focuses on diversity and inclusion
• Modern chic and eclectic décor that creates a fun and energizing vibe
• Space for inclusive programs, services, and volunteer opportunities
• Designed to be a hub for the area



The Longfellow Commons Community will begin early 2023 and will require generous people like you to make it successful. To make a donation in support of this project or get more information, contact Gloria Hurwitz, CFRE, VP Advancement,

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Longfellow Demo Day

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The Longfellow Commons Community - working renderings
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With your help we can make The Longfellow Commons Community a vibrant place to live abundantly!