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LATEST ARTICLES

Cohousing Research Network (CRN) Intensive

Have you ever been asked a cohousing-related question and wished you had a few nicely succinct, number-based facts to support your answer? No, stats aren’t everything and measuring cohousing’s success certainly has its deepest roots in the community-feel. But numbers don’t hurt, and they certainly can offer a hand when evaluating and presenting on the… Read More

The Importance of Cohousing: Sky Blue/Communities Conference

THE IMPORTANCE OF COHOUSING Cohousing is a fascinating model of intentional community. It originated in Europe, particularly Denmark. It’s success in the US (at least 135 identified communities in the US) is at least in part due to the fact that it looks and operates similar to existing ownership models, particularly condominiums. Cohousing communities are… Read More

500 Communities Program & Other Great Conference Gatherings

If you’ve signed up for the Cohousing Conference, you may have chosen your intensives or mapped out your top picks for sessions. Well, if I could direct your eyes to the Networking Tab on the Conference webpage, there’s another way to connect with specific groups during your downtime. There are many free gatherings offered, ranging… Read More

Organic Transit’s ELF: Take a Ride at the Conference

Durham Central Park Cohousing is looking forward to hosting National Conference participants at a reception in our new home on Saturday, May 30th, 5:00-7:00 pm. As an added delight, we’ll be offering spins in a Durham-grown product, the ELF. Organic Transit’s ELF is a trike with solar-powered battery back-up, all in a colorful shell that… Read More

A Toast For Fair Oaks EcoHousing!

On the night of April 13th, I had the pleasure of witnessing the joyful celebration after Fair Oaks EcoHousing received a unanimous (4-0) vote from the Sacramento County Planning Commission to approve all their project requests for development! This decision came on the heels of a number of successes for this 11-household strong cohousing group…. Read More

Benefits of the Conference, Even to a Veteran Cohouser!

I attended the Cohousing Conference in Seattle, WA in 2009 and had an amazing time. I’d been living in Cohousing for 6 years and thought I had a pretty good handle on the challenges and solutions for all the typical issues that come up in community. I was curious to see what other communities were… Read More

Water Conservation in Cohousing

It’s safe to say that water is on the minds of most Californians. With our state facing a historic four-year drought, the effects ripple far beyond our own cities, dinner plates and favorite swimming holes. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the consequences. Earlier this week, Governor Jerry Brown issued California’s first-ever mandatory water restrictions,… Read More

You Take Care of Mom, but Who Will Take Care of You?

Grace Kim has written a great article that profiles how cohousing offers a good alternative to assisted living, or to continuing care facilities. This was published in Blueprints for Senior Living – an online journal for the Design For Aging committee of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) http://www.aia.org/akr/Resources/Documents/AIAB105853 Grace will be presenting “Cohousing: A… Read More

Access to Financing & Affordable Models of Cohousing

In our quest to expand cohousing, Coho/US has long recognized two major challenges: (1) accessing financing and (2) creating more affordable models. This month, Coho/US made headway in addressing both, establishing a formal collaboration with Partnerships for Affordable Cohousing. Pooling our reach, credibility and knowledge will bolster our mutual efforts to develop and promote strategies… Read More

Amazing Intensives at the National Cohousing Conference

In addition to a full range of sessions at the National Cohousing Conference, we are offering 1/2 day and full day “intensives” on specialized topics presented by cohousing experts. You can sign up for these separately, or in addition to registration. Visit www.www.cohousing.org/2015conference or download the program at www.www.cohousing.org/2015/program Consider these awesome offerings from our… Read More

Creating More Affordability in Your Community: A Selection of Ideas

You’re probably tired of hearing about smaller units, standardization, simple unit plans, modest finishes, all with the goal of achieving more affordability. Well it’s true, these all help, but there are other affordability strategies that are based on interpersonal relationships, community, and trust, that can be just as effective, if not more so. The strategies… Read More

Why DC Residents are Moving to Cohousing Communities

Yesterday, a piece about senior cohousing in the DC area appeared online in Washingtonian Magazine’s March 2015 issue. The article features Ann Zabaldo, a cohousing developer and Takoma Village resident. Eastern Village Cohousing is also given mention, as is Chuck Durrett of McCamant & Durrett Architects/The Cohousing Company, who predicts that “as baby boomers and… Read More