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What is cohousing?

Cohousing is an intentional, collaborative neighborhood that combines private homes with shared indoor and outdoor spaces designed to support an active and interdependent community life. Cohousing is not a financial or legal model, but rather a descriptive term that emphasizes the active participation of residents in everything from design to governance.

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.


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.


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

My Path to Cohousing

Posted on December 21st, 2022 at 5:11 pm (ET)

For over 20 years my family lived in Vermont enjoying our walks in the woods but with little contact with our neighbors. After our three kids grew up and moved away, Meg and I started thinking about finding a smaller home.  As we explored, we saw a large historic house for sale in a community… Read More

Good Enough Cohousing

Posted on November 28th, 2022 at 11:47 pm (ET)

I launched my career in cohousing five years ago at my first national cohousing conference. The folks in Nashville welcomed me with open arms – both the locals in Germantown and the gathered community of cohousing believers.   As a newbie consultant, I was particularly interested in learning from the experienced process folks. They generously shared… Read More

Our partner the Cohousing Research Network (CRN) invites you to take the Cohousing Research Network online survey. Your participation will further the understanding of the effects of cohousing on the lives of residents, its wider social impacts, and challenges faced by developing communities. This is the first phase of a five-year annual survey. The results should help the movement to make the case for cohousing with typically recalcitrant financial and political institutions. We need as much participation as possible!

The survey is for both residents of established communities and for members of building/forming groups, including groups that are inactive

Contact Heidi Berggren with questions.