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How America Lives: Parade Magazine on Cohousing

Scenes from Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing

"Old is new again in housing, from tight-knit neighborhoods where residents look after one another to fresh twists on boardinghouses. The hot word is communal..." begins a recent Parade Magazine piece, featuring communities like Capital Hill Urban Cohousing and Village Hearth. "How America Lives" brings cohousing to the mainstream public, and as in much of the recent prominent coverage of this topic - demystifies and celebrates this unique, collaborative housing type many of us live in/are in pursuit of.

Impact of Senior Cohousing

Silver Sage Senior Cohousing, Boulder, CO. Architecture by McCamant & Durrett Architects
Mountain View Cohousing, Mountain View, CA. Architecture by McCamant & Durrett Architects

There is a senior housing crisis in this country. In the United States, traditional senior housing options aren’t meeting the needs of older adults. Many attempts to put seniors in community have proven to work short term, but funding and employee retention continue to strain these organizations. Senior support, like Meals on Wheels, drains local economies and is constantly at risk of being dropped, which could leave seniors without access to proper nutrition and socialization.

Bring your Fliers to Amherst!

The world of cohousing includes generous and talented people spread all over the country. When they find each other, amazing things happen. Communities get needed members and cohousing seekers find new homes. Cohousing professionals get the work they need to remain focused on cohousing and communities become more effective in anything from site design to consensus process. The challenge is that connecting people who are spread all over the country can be tough.

Are You Kidding?

Whiteboard "Are You Kidding?" moment
Example of cohousing neighbors collaborating at Nevada City Cohousing
Shelly Parks

We are better together in cohousing…

It seems every day I experience a moment when I’m reminded of how cohousing offers us a way to live better lives, especially during these times when our world can seem so divisive.

A few months ago, my cohousing moment involved a white board. I call it the “Are you Kidding?” moment. Here’s what happened…

Maintenance and Adaption Track at the NE Summit

Maybe someday we’ll figure out how to build communities that fix themselves. Until we manage that, join us at the NE Cohousing Summit this September to learn how to keep your community in good working order. From getting the work done, to making sure you have the money to pay for it, and even making needed changes, our Saturday sessions will give you tools for keeping your community vibrant, financially stable and in good working order.

Got Conflict? Join the discussion this September in Amherst.

Why can't we all just get along?

Some percentage of people who join a cohousing community do so because they want everyone to "just get along". Idyllic images of not just knowing your neighbors, but also of really liking to hang out with your neighbors flutter through our heads.

And then we move in. Or maybe the first break with that image happens before move-in. Maybe its an email that sets it off, or something that happens with the kids and you have different views of what to do about it or even different views as to what happened.

Intensively Fun!

So you are looking over the conference schedule and reading through all the amazing information you are going to receive in Saturday’s sessions. You are wondering whether it is worth the added time and expense to attend a half-day or full-day session on Friday. Here are my top five reasons for attending intensives in addition to the Saturday sessions.

Creating Cohousing - NE Summit

Building Cohousing To Do List:
Find Land, Invite New Members, Plan (another) Info Meeting, Hire Architect . . .
For those creative and industrious people who are birthing brand new cohousing communities, the list can feel endless, so why would you add “Attend the NE Cohousing Summit”?

So Excited! NE Summit

A storyteller, a photographer and an architect walk into a bar . . . or maybe it is a common house. They are joined by a teacher, a lawyer, a developer, a farmer, an activist, a mother, an artist, a grandchild, a musician, and a whole bunch of other cool people. They hug and laugh and reminisce and introduce themselves to each other. They teach each other new things and contemplate old problems. They are friendly, warm and so very wise. Every one of them is committed to living in community, to caring for others, and to sharing the resources they have.

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