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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

Coalition for Racially Diverse Cohousing

Posted on February 7th, 2023 at 7:14 pm (ET)

CohoUS seeks participants for its newly established Coalition for Racially Diverse Cohousing. Ideal members have a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and an interest in supporting the pursuit of racial justice within the cohousing movement. We welcome applications from individuals with experience in housing, racial justice work, community organizing and other relevant fields. Experience… Read More

Schooled by Community

Posted on February 3rd, 2023 at 11:46 pm (ET)

For Kate and Jason, education was a key reason for choosing to join Cohousing ABQ, a cohousing community breaking ground this year in Albuquerque, NM. “We’ve been homeschooling because we want to give our children experiences beyond the basic academics of traditional school,” Kate explained. “In cohousing, they’ll regularly interact with and learn from community… 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.