Discover Cohousing in Virginia: October 18th

All are invited to attend a cohousing event in Richmond, VA on Sunday, October 18th.
Future residents of five Cohousing neighborhoods, located throughout Virginia, are hosting a public forum on the growing Cohousing trend that is taking root across the country and the region. This event will feature an image-rich presentation, led by Lisa Poley of Village Resources, that illustrates the unique aspects of cohousing. Representatives from forming cohousing neighborhoods will share information about their projects and communities, with ample opportunity for discussion and questions.

Sacramento Cohousing Forum: October 10th

All are invited to attend a Cohousing Forum in Sacramento on Saturday, October 10th. (Event flyer here). The event will feature both established communities and cohousing groups-in-formation. Attendees will hear from a resident-led panel (with time for Q&A) as well as cohousing professionals well-versed in the creation of communities.
The Forum has been widely popular in the past (standing-room only), so reservations are recommended.

Why is there a Lack of Affordable Cohousing? Reflections on Cost-Effective Housing

I am often asked about “affordable housing.” People want “affordable cohousing.” I want to share with you what this is all about and why I believe this country lacks “affordable cohousing.” I also want to tell you about a good book by Andrew Heben “Tent City Urbanism (from self-organized Camps to Tiny House Villages)” which documents some solutions. I’d also like to share some ideas for solutions I have...Change is needed and awareness is the first step toward achieving desired change....Most if not all existing traditional cohousing communities in the USA today are out of reach economically for most people.

Land Use Regulations, Urban Planners, and Intentional Communities

[Editor's Note: This article reprinted from Communities Magazine is authored by Robert Boyer, an Assistant Professor of Geography and Earth Sciences at UNC Charlotte. Robert has researched cohousing and ecovillage initiatives around the world, and was an enthusiastic participant at the 2015 National Cohousing Conference.]

We love our property rights in the United States. The first English settlers on the North American continent left their homeland, in part, to escape an archaic and feudal land holding system…..Every aspiring intentional community confronts this maze of laws, including communities that strategically evade these laws by settling in spare rural regions. Below, I discuss some of the most important tools that planners and municipal governments use to both restrict and enable development, and the obstacles that these tools might pose to aspiring or existing intentional communities.

Dallas Visit: Encouraging Cohousing in the Big State of Texas

I enjoyed a visit to Dallas last weekend, at the invitation of entrepreneurs Angela Alston and Hugh Resnick, who have spearheaded Dallas Cohousing, a group forming in urban Dallas. We held a public presentation at a co-working venue, The Grove (another impressive example of collaboration) followed the next day with a roll-up-the-sleeves discussion with a smaller group.

Organizing Low-Income Cohousing

What are some ways to encourage people to create low-income cohousing?,


1. Define "low income."

“Affordable” is not a euphemism for “low income.” Affordable is usually defined as 80% of the average cost of a similar housing unit in the area. That could be in the millions and still be called "affordable.”

HUD’s definitions for Low and Very Low Income are on this page:

Advice to Prospective Coho Visitors

When I lived in a "normal" house total strangers did not call me up and ask to visit. Cohousing is different. This happens all the time at Wolf Creek Lodge, a senior cohousing community in Grass Valley, CA. When we were a brand new community we thought this was kind of fun. We still love to have visitors but decided to include the following thoughts in our recent newsletter.

First of all what category of visitor are you?


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