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Urban Cohousing

For many, the term “cohousing” may conjure up an image of a rural community situated in a pastoral environment, complete with chickens, gardens, orchards, even mini-farms. And in fact, many cohousing communities throughout the United States are bucolic retreats from the hustle and bustle of cities. But now there is a resurgence of interest in… Read More

Six key aspects to consider about space sharing

Author: Nicolas Francart, https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nicolas_Francart  There are many different ways of sharing space, from coworking to coliving, and even many different forms of coliving (eco-villages, shared apartments, student rooms with shared kitchens, etc). A recently published paper (https://doi.org/10.5334/bc.34) explores the drivers and barriers to space sharing. The article doesn’t provide a recipe for success for cohousing,… Read More

The Seamsters

Brenda is a member of River Song Cohousing in Eugene OR.  Like most cohousers, she is involved in community far beyond that boundaries of their still-building cohousing community.  The following article describes and example of the community spirit that draws people to cohousing, is nurtured there, and then pours back out to the wider world.  … Read More

Isolated Together

Cohousing is not only about the things we do together; it is also about the things we do alone. One of the major traits of cohousing, as an example of community living, is the ability to be alone. Cohousing has private homes, most commonly homes we own.  Individual household’s personal space is a distinguishing characteristic… Read More

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

A little more than a week ago, a couple of people in Washington Villagebegan discussing the COVID19 pandemic and how it might impact ourcommunity. Our Common House had been already been closed and we knew some members had already suffered losses in employment. We realized the government would be sending out $1200 checks to all… Read More

Discussion outside the common house

Did humans eating monkeys unleash ebola into our species? Did some Chinese eating bats and pangolins unleash Covid-19?  My guess is there are a lot of conversations these days about such topics. My other guess is that, especially in the States, most of those conversations lack serious substance and facts, and might even border on… Read More

Missing Cohousing

After living in cohousing for 15 years I moved to an independent living community for health reasons.  I’d been satisfied with my choice until the Covid-19 virus hit. All the shared living spaces in my new community were shut down, leaving the residents no way to connect.  The manager of our community is very ineffective… Read More

Open House Options

Raines Cohen lives in Berkeley Cohousing in Berkeley, CA. He gives an overview about why give community open houses. He says there are a couple reasons, when a community has homes for sale or rent, open houses provide a way to give prospective cohousers a chance to “kick the tires.” He suggests taking plenty of… Read More

Living in Senior Cohousing in the age of Covid-19

May thanks to PDX Commons and member Gretchen Brauer-Rieke for the article below and linked slide presentations.  Please note that this information may now be out of date in some ways, and should not be considered medical advice.  Cohousing has such rich resources. This well organized and clear information is definitely part of it.  Thanks… Read More

Cohousing and Coronavirus: Forming Communities

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 The New and Forming Communities Web Chat was attended by as many as 31 people from around the country.  A very stimulating and informative session! A summary of the high points: Karin’s introduction – the Coho WebChat series is an effort to use our shared experiences to help cohousers across the… Read More

Coho with Coronavirus

A review of WebChat #42: Coho with Coronavirus, Thur, Mar 12, 2020* (In a changing world, note this information may no longer be current.  Specifically, some states have further restricted gatherings since this webchat.) Intro Keeping Cohousers Healthy  As communities listen and respond to current events, it seems like a good moment to come together… Read More

Google Docs for Community

For nearly three decades now, communities have been using the tools of cohousing to live more collaborative lives.  Google Docs may be the tech world equivalent for collaborating around text. Like any new tool, there can be a bit of a learning curve which will be more challenging for some people than others. I believe… Read More