Photographer Richard Getler, Rocky Hill Cohousing

What is cohousing?

Cohousing is community designed to foster connection. Physical spaces allow neighbors to easily interact with others just outside private homes. Common areas including kitchen, dining space and gardens bring people together. Collaborative decision-making builds relationships.

Why cohousing?

So many reasons. In a way, it all comes down to making the world a better place. Connection, environmentalism, security and community support all draw neighbors to cohousing communities. We stay because we love our neighbors, the lifestyle we share and the growth we experience.

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PDX Commons Open House
NC Common Dinner

CohoUS

The Cohousing Association of the United States is a national nonprofit supporting cohousing communities in changing our world. Spreading the word about cohousing shifts the culture toward a new American dream where every home is surrounded by caring, collaborative neighbors who use less of the earth’s resources while living an abundant life.

eNews

Our twice-monthly eNewsletter keeps everyone up to date on cohousing happenings. In addition to inspirational articles, we share upcoming events, homes for sale and updates on the movement of cohousing. Sign up to receive the eNews by clicking here

Recent Blogs

Transitions

Posted on April 16th, 2021 at 10:13 pm (ET)

Transitions are stressful, even the good ones. When I was raising toddlers, their father traveled for work. The departures were hard. The returns were harder. Partly it was because I didn’t see it coming. After looking forward to his return for weeks, it did not occur to me that it could be both joyful and… Read More

HOW TO MAKE A VIDEO TOUR OF YOUR COMMUNITY?

Posted on March 29th, 2021 at 7:05 pm (ET)

PDX Commons, a senior community in Portland Oregon’s southeast neighborhood, decided it needed a video tour to replace the in-person ones we were accustomed to giving pre-Covid.  Our live tours were popular but given covid no longer tenable.  So of course the first act of any cohousing idea is to form a committee.  We kept… Read More