Tag: Living-in-cohousing


A Context for Hope: The Gift of a Cohousing Childhood

The Winter 2021 issue of “Communities” landed in our mailbox this month, and I was immediately taken by the theme: “Children in Community.” What a bonanza! Stories written by both parents and (now) adult children who grew up in community fill these pages. Over and over, one message kept coming up: the benefits of a... Read More

Mission-Driven Communities in Israel: A Model for the United States?

For several years, I have been working to combine two types of community: Jewish and cohousing. These two concepts of community – one that allows people to experience and express their Jewish lives and one that gives people the chance to knit close communities through shared living – can be mutually reinforcing and stronger together.... Read More

How To Decide Which Cohousing Community Is Right For You

So many exciting cohousing communities! How does a seeker decide which one is best? The Short Version: • Can you afford it? • Is it located in an acceptable geographic location? • Is the urban vs rural location right for you? • Is their timeline compatible with yours (not perfect but acceptable)? • Do they... Read More

PDX Commons creatively celebrates new members and a full house

In the past year, PDX Commons went through a major turnover of homes — five homes sold to seven new members (including two couples). In some cases, the pandemic was a factor, but there were other reasons as well. This was our first experience with selling homes and selling during the pandemic — and in... Read More

Charging Electric Vehicles at Wolf Creek Lodge

Construction at Wolf Creek Lodge in Grass Valley, CA was completed in 2012. At that time, no member owned an electric vehicle. 2015 marked the early adoption of plug-in vehicles by several residents. “Electric vehicles are the future of personal transportation because of their simplicity of design and low maintenance costs, “said Richard Carter, the... Read More

Thriving During the Pandemic: The Story of One Urban Community

Caddis Collaborative has been privileged to design a number of cohousing communities across North America. As society begins to move out of COVID-19 restrictions, we reflect on how many of these communities have thrived during the pandemic. More than hunker-down survival mode, these communities looked actively to self-organize for neighborly care and connection. A case... Read More

August 2007: Sesame Noodles

Another yummy recipe from the archives! 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... Read More

The Cost of Self Defense

The concept of self defense is embedded in our legal system, tucked into our expectations and folded, perhaps unexamined, into our values. Self defense is the idea that when our intention is to protect self or others, we are absolved from responsibility when our impact is harm.  If someone is killed, it is self defense... Read More

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

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