The Maypole at Mosaic Commons
Jubilee Cohousing
Nubanusit Cohousing
Prairie Hill Cohousing
Rocky Hill Cohousing
Trillium Hollow
Fresno Cohousing
Wolf Creek Lodge
Monterey Cohousing Minneapolis  MN
Hundredfold Farm Orrtanna PA
N St Cohousing Davis CA
Mosaic Commons Cohousing
Jamaica Plains Cohousing
Nevada City Coho baseball

Innovative. Sustainable. Home.

Cohousing communities are intentional, collaborative neighborhoods created with a little ingenuity. They bring together the value of private homes with the benefits of more sustainable living. That means residents actively participate in the design and operation of their neighborhoods, and share common facilities and good connections with neighbors. All in all, they stand as innovative and sustainable answers to today’s environmental and social problems. Welcome home.

You Take Care of Mom, but Who Will Take Care of You?

Grace Kim has written a great article that profiles how cohousing offers a good alternative to assisted living, or to continuing care facilities.
This was published in Blueprints for Senior Living – an online journal for the Design For Aging committee of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)
http://www.aia.org/akr/Resources/Documents/AIAB105853
Grace will be presenting "Cohousing: A Sustainable Model for Living Independently" on Friday, May 15 at the AIA Convention in Atlanta.

Access to Financing & Affordable Models of Cohousing

In our quest to expand cohousing, Coho/US has long recognized two major challenges: (1) accessing financing and (2) creating more affordable models. This month, Coho/US made headway in addressing both, establishing a formal collaboration with Partnerships for Affordable Cohousing. Pooling our reach, credibility and knowledge will bolster our mutual efforts to develop and promote strategies to broaden access and affordability.
The impetus for collaboration is the development of a loan program, to increase access to financing for construction and expansion of cohousing communities. A loan program also provides the opportunity for individuals, foundations and public funding sources to invest in cohousing and promote our housing model. We have been in conversations since last fall with the National Cooperative Bank, a potential financial partner in this endeavor, and we may consider collaborating with foundations whose goals of sustainable communities mirror ours.

Facilitation Trainings on Tap

[Editor's note - come to Laird Schaub's Facilitation & Leadership intensive at the National Cohousing Conference http://www.cohousing.org/2015/intensives]

A year ago I had breakfast with a friend in Michigan who had participated in my two-year facilitation training back in 2005-07, and she shared a story about how my program helped her professionally. She applied for a job in a large city that would require her to bring together various stakeholders who were not used to talking with each to make common cause. That meant setting up and running effective meetings, building trust to where people shared openly, and then assisting them to come to a united understanding despite substantive cultural and political differences. After wending her way through the application and interview process she became a finalist for the position.