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LATEST ARTICLES

Your Cohousing Community and Sex Offenders

Many communities wonder about protecting community members, especially children from sex offenders. While some members feel strongly that background checks should be used, others object to relying on the criminal justice system (which many view as racist and unfair) as a source of information.  Read on for a detailed explanation of what a background check… Read More

Flashback Recipe: Carin’s New Mexican Sweet Dream Cookies

Cohousing has changed a lot over the years, but cooking for one another remains a joy, along with our love for good, wholesome food.  CohoUS Staff has recently uncovered a stash of cohousing recipes. We hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we do.  To add to this treasure chest, send your favorite recipe and… Read More

What is a Common House For?

This question was posted recently to the cohousing listserv.  As usual there were many great responses. A couple of those seemed useful, so we have gathered them here.   Raines Cohen offered is take on concepts around the deeper “why” of a Common House: Because through sharing space and resources and time together, we can live… Read More

Building Trust – Part 4

Trust through Conflict Trust comes in many forms and layers. Some trust is about believing someone will do the thing they said they would do. Sometimes trust is about believing they will behave toward me in a certain way – perhaps with kindness or generosity. Sometimes we event find stability in trusting that a person… Read More

Building Trust, Part 3

Trust Through Crisis Everyone’s least favorite way to build trust in a group is a shared experience of crisis, which doesn’t stop it from being highly effective.  The classic case is surviving a natural disaster together. Total strangers grab on to each other in a storm, survive the night, and by morning are friends for… Read More

Building Trust, Part 2

Intentional Trust While building trust through everyday habits is effective, it takes time. Many communities want ways to build trust faster. I don’t believe anything can replace the small stuff, but I do think you can accelerate the process with intentional practices designed for trust building.  These intentional practices range from full weekend retreats to… Read More

Building Trust, Part 1

How do we build trust?  It’s a common question, both from communities experiencing a lack of trust (which often appears as conflict) and from forming communities wishing to foster trust.  I often tell my client communities that trust (and mis-trust) is built in 1000 small moments and a couple of big ones. Or to say… Read More

Common House as Life Boat

  In a recent post to the cohousing listserv, Cohousing-L, Dean Smith of Sunnyside Village posed the question: Has anyone considered equipping their Common House to serve the community through extended natural disasters? Sunnyside village is in the design phase and is considering how they might equip it for use during earthquakes or other natural… Read More

Journey to Ahhh…Part 5

The Intricacies of a For-Profit/Non-Profit Collaboration We want to thank CohoUS for asking us to write this blog series and thank you for reading! Like all cohousing communities, Our Home – Cathedral Park started with family conversations in kitchen nooks and coffee houses, and we hope that in sharing our journey, there will be seeds… Read More

Journey to Ahhh…Part 4

Homes not Housing: Creating Community for all What does “home” mean to you? Is it a feeling? A place to put your belongings or lay your head? Is it being around family, loved ones, and friends? Is it about having a choice or personal control over where you live and who you live with? Our… Read More

Journey to Ahhh….Part 3

 The Value of a Relationship with a creative, inclusive Architect with Cohousing Experience Hello again from the forming inclusive and diverse cohousing community of Our Home – Cathedral Park! We’ve been asked by CohoUS to share some of the secret sauce we are employing to bring our community together. In our last post, we talked… Read More

Journey to Ahhh….Part 2

The Benefits of Collaboration with a Developer with Cohousing Experience and Expertise In this article, we would like to talk about the benefits of working in close collaboration with a development group that has extensive experience with cohousing. For the development of Our Home – Cathedral Park, we chose Urban Development + Partners, a local… Read More