In Portland (OR), the cohousing cauldron is beginning to boil with one project about to go to construction and as many as three others in the formative stages.
The SE Examiner neighborhood newspaper recently profiled PDX Commons, a 55+ cohousing new condo project which will rise near the center of Portland in one of the city’s several dynamic neighborhoods. Half of the 27 units are already spoken for. Go PDX.
Attached is the July 2014 update of my Green Tax Incentive Compendium which includes incentives for projects. Feel free to forward it to any of your colleagues in Cohousing Association of the US or other people you know working in green building or renewable energy that might find it useful. Let me know if you have any questions. Please also note my new contact info below.
Enjoy your Labor Day weekend and the rest of the summer!
What does it mean to “live in community” as we do in cohousing? This sounds wonderful, but the concept is hard to explain. I was struck a couple of Sundays ago, listening to my minister’s sermon (Rev Deborah Cayer, Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Durham, NC), by her exploration of this concept and the alignment with cohousing principles.
May 29-31, 2015: Durham Convention Center - Durham, North Carolina: Come learn, share and enjoy! The national conference features cohousing and community building experts, and provides amazing networking opportunities. Presentations will offer everything from cohousing basics, designing and building communities, and enhancing life in cohousing. Opportunities will abound to learn from our shared experiences, and how we can contribute to cohousing sustainability and affordability. Gatherings of affiliated groups will add value and benefit.
Kraus Fitch Architects is pleased to announce that it will be partnering with Transformations, Inc in developing a new cohousing community as part of the Village Hill neighborhood development in Northampton. We have been holding informational meetings about cohousing and the potential for this new community. The first two meetings were very successful, with approximately 85 people attending in total. There's another scheduled opportunity to see the preliminary informational slideshow:
This past weekend, we at Manzanita Village celebrated the twentieth anniversary of Northern Arizona’s first and only Cohousing community. For those of you who are not familiar with the term ”cohousing”, suffice it to say that it is a community that is created by the people who live there. How the community manifests itself is entirely dependent upon the individuals who “show up” to create it.
By Reuel Young, architect and Jane Calbreath, Cohousing Board Member
From the website ( www.ranchosaludvillage.com ): “Our goals include building residences that are beautiful, comfortable, resource efficient and sustainable. Our site design will have extensive common facilities surrounded by a lush landscape and connected by handsome walkways. But we plan to take it two steps further – by creating a true sense of community, and hosting ongoing educational programs at our unique multiversity, located conveniently on site.”
I wanted to share this exciting news. HUD is talking about cohousing! See email below from the woman I work with on Fannie Mae and FHA Project Approvals.
"Wanted to share the attached brochure, HUD DC handed out in our roundtable meeting March 24-26, 2014. You are referenced on Page 2. HUD spoke favorably in regard to CO-Housing. I'm sure you played a huge part in changing their views on the whole concept."