Tag: History

Cohousing Across the Country – Part 2

Sharing the journey from Atlanta, GA to Anacortes, WA, engaging with community along the way.   Part 2 of 7 Long Trails and Great Ideas Cohousing begins with great ideas, hard work and risky investment in shared dreams.  Sometimes the vision and the effort deliver cohousing in a matter of years, sometimes it’s longer.  My first... Read More

A Thank You to Jeff Zucker, Stepping Down from Coho/US Board

Today is Jeff Zucker’s last day on the Coho/US Board, and a good time to thank him for his service! Jeff joined the board in late 2013, when the organization was contracting, with multiple challenges. He was one of just six board members when I became Executive Director in April 2014, and the only one... Read More

Reflections on Alice Alexander’s tenure from Peter Lazar

As Coho/US launches into a new phase with our new Executive Director, Karin Hoskin, this is a good time to also reflect on how far the organization has come in recent years. It’s also a good time to pause and appreciate the work of former Executive Director, Alice Alexander. After unfortunate setbacks and bad luck,... Read More

R.I.P. Jan Gudmand-Hoyer, a Visionary in Cohousing

The man who started cohousing in Denmark, and therefore the man who started cohousing, died the other day at 81 years old. In 1964 Jan gathered together friends and acquaintances to talk about housing. He asked them to imagine a lifestyle and a place that did not yet exist, a place that could suit the... Read More

New beginnings from a seasoned cohousing professional

After 16 years of successful collaboration, Laura Fitch and Mary Kraus are choosing to independently focus on our preferred areas of interests. As the sole proprietor of Fitch Architecture and Community Design, Laura Fitch will continue to provide a full range of architectural services to cohousing clients. Mary Kraus will focus on early cohousing group... Read More

A Legacy Continues with Joani Blank

Joani Blank, a cohousing pioneer who passed last August, has continued her impact and influence through a legacy gift provided to Coho/US. We are pleased and humbled to receive this gift from the Joani Blank Trust. And inspired to do more to grow cohousing and nurture our communities! Joani was instrumental in the growth and... Read More

Joani Blank, Cohousing Pioneer, Passed August 6, 2016

Neil Planchon, long time friend and neighbor of Joani Blank at Swan’s Market Cohousing, is sharing sad news of her passing, below. Along with appreciating the amazing person she was, we are all grateful to Joani for her significant contributions to growing cohousing, from the personal attention she gave to so many people and communities... Read More

Two announcements about longtime cohouser Joani Blank

[Editor’s Note: Many of us have “Joani” stories. Many of us can thank Joani for engaging us to cohousing; still more of us are grateful for the wisdom and encouragement she has provided to so many. I encourage you to share those stories with me! Alice Alexander, Coho/US Executive Director; alicecohous@gmail.com] ANNOUNCEMENT One I have... Read More