Current/Forming Cohousers: Support Cohousing Research by taking our survey
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.


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

Opportunities for Cohousing Communities to Become More Socially Inclusive

Posted on August 22nd, 2022 at 6:41 pm (ET)

A summary of the 8/9 Bridges to Cohousing Virtual Roundtable: Housing That Cares focused on DEI The third and final virtual roundtable in the Bridges to Cohousing series was focused on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion—or what Pedro Silva (one of the presenters) refers to as “JODIE” an acronym for Justice, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion and Equity…. Read More

Inspiring a Paradigm of Sustainability

Posted on August 5th, 2022 at 8:10 pm (ET)

A summary of the 7/26 Bridges to Cohousing Virtual Roundtable: Housing That’s Green focused on Sustainability The July 26 Bridges to Cohousing virtual roundtable provided dynamic perspectives on how communities can be more sustainable. All of the speakers agreed that while sustainability relates to community design, that it is fundamentally about the way people relate… 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.