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We've gotten several calls and web inquiries today from people trying to apply for Section 8 Housing Assistance in Orange County, California. The website you want is at: http://www.OChousing.org/ ! This is the wrong website for that -- we are not connected to it at all. Good luck with your application, and come back and please do come back and visit www.cohousing.org another time if that's what you're doing today.
Date: Saturday, September 28th 2013: 9:00 – 6:00
Cambridge Cohousing, supplemented by Cornerstone Cohousing
These are neighboring communities in Cambridge Massachusetts each within 10 minute walk of public transportation – MBTA Redline and 1 mile walking distance of each other.
Planning is underway for a mini-conference with concurrent sessions geared to both forming and existing communities.
Tours of many communities (within two hour drive of Cambridge) will be open for visiting on the following day. Transportation will not be provided, but carpooling will be encouraged and facilitated.
Transportation, Access, and Parking:
This site is intended for architects and architecture students who are interested in exploring the co-housing model specifically in urban settings. It is based on work done by students in a studio design course taught at the University of Maryland School of Architecture in 2009. Though still in progress, I wanted to put this information “out there” for others to explore and potentially contribute to, as our understanding of how to live well continues to evolve.
I want to buy a trailer park and convert it to a cohousing community. I will wait till you are done laughing. OK, here is the rationale behind this seemingly idiotic idea.
My family joined Camelot Cohousing sort of half way through the process. We joined in 2007. Camelot got built in 2008, and we moved in April 2009. This has been the best social and emotional decision we have made as a family. On the other hand, financially speaking, it has probably been the worst decision, given that our construction happened in the middle of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. It is a miracle we are still standing - having a blast even!
My neighbor Nick April won first place for his Junior class's declamation competition. His speech is titled "In My Community". It made me proud of him and our community.
Laura Fitch, AIA, LEED BD+C
Kraus-Fitch Architects, Inc.
Members of Wolf Creek Lodge have talked about living in community for many years and have agreed on various policies and guidelines. We have met for monthly general meetings and joined together in social events but now reality has struck.
Wolf Creek Lodge is a senior cohousing community in Grass Valley, CA. We received our certificate of occupancy from the City of Grass Valley in October last year and the required final document from the California Department of Real Estate in December. By now most members have moved in.
Much of the members’ time is consumed with furnishing their homes and organizing life in a new location. However, the community has formed.
Generally the “real thing” has been excellent. The community is very functional. Individual members are pitching in to make the place happen.
Getting things done
Thanks be to Maeve Conran at KGNU for sending along this audio link to the Monday broadcast of "Public Affair" when Cohousing villages and community building was discussed in after the Morning News Magazine.
Use the hyperlink below and listen IF you missed the broadcast moderated by Barbara Green of the Boulder Community Foundation. Featured guests were Neshama Abraham of Nomad Cohousing and another resident along with Alan O'Hashi of Silver Sage Village (both communities located in North Boulder).
On January 8, Barbara and I visited Community Project, a cohousing community near Laughton, East Sussex, about 50 miles south of London. We had been on a theatre tour in London, and had contacted the community through the national website, www.cohousing.org.uk. We were met at the railroad station in nearby Lewes by community resident Jane Alford,.
She gave us a tour of the community, and fed us lunch. It was established about 15 years ago, and is a former hospital complex dating from the 1920s. The property is 23 acres, most of which is farmland. There are three C-shaped two-story brick buildings, which have been converted into 20 units of varying sizes, a central heating plant. and a large single story building which is their common house. They have added four single-family houses. They have pigs, horses and chickens. We visited the common house and three units, and met with three other residents.
Friday, November 30, 2012
8:15 AM To 10:15 AM
3124 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
Join us in person in Berkeley or on the phone from your own home for Cohousing: Pro-active Adults Creating Their Own Retirement Communities: a Life Planning Network (LPN) live teleconference, with Kathryn McCamant and EBCOHO tuning in to participate and add our own local conversation (plus coffee or tea with a continental breakfast for those who can make it in person). $12 either in person or on the phone