CoHousing Solutions Newsletter | August 2017 

Hi All!

In this edition, we'll be celebrating Spokane Cohousing and PDX Commons' success stories, appreciating Grace Kim's recent TED Talk, providing updates about Truckee and Village Hearth, and getting excited about Chuck Durrett's Online Facilitator Training for Aging Successfully.

-The CoHousing Solutions Team (Katie & Bethany)

Spokane Cohousing Has Land, Going Strong
We are excited to celebrate Spokane Cohousing’s signing of a purchase and sale agreement for their 3-acre property. This group has really come together fast! They first contacted CoHousing Solutions in January of this year after coming together around the possibility of developing an infill property as cohousing. Katie went up in March to help them sort out the feasibility of the property. After meeting with the City and property owners, she developed a preliminary budget and timeline, and then presented it to the group during the course of a day-and-a-half Nitty Gritty Workshop. They also managed to fit in having Katie do a public presentation to attract more members. That was a jam-packed four days, soaking every bit of information they could out of Katie during her time there.

After the March visit and discovering the harsh realities of what it would cost to build (no one ever likes the first real budget), all but three households stepped back. Those three households were ready to push forward to see if they could get the property under contract and find others ready to make it a reality. They had a number of things in their favor: 1) a friendly property owner who held their price, but was willing to work with the group on how they were paid, 2) two dynamic professional community organizers in the founding group, and 3) a great infill site with access to the town amenities in an up-and-coming neighborhood and a nice big park nearby. As the group knew they needed to grow quickly to be able to move forward with the property, they hired CoHousing Solutions to set up their website so they could focus their efforts on talking with people, giving presentations and hosting site tours. They've also continued consulting with Katie on regular (2 per month) calls as they establish their membership process and select their professional team.
And here they are, just eight months after contacting us at CoHousing Solutions, with property under contract and  12 full members and 6 associate members! That didn’t happen lightly, especially once you have target prices based on what it is likely to REALLY cost to build and are explaining the risks of development. It took 4 presentations, 7 site tours, and regular orientations, all going on while trying to put the basic infrastructure for decision-making and membership in place.

In the years it takes to develop a cohousing community, it is especially important to take the time to celebrate these big milestones. So let’s all toast to Spokane Cohousing moving forward!  
PDX Commons Members Move In!
PDX Commons is sold out and members are moving in! They received their certificate of occupancy, allowing 18 of the 27 units to be cash closed on the 31st. Just 17 months years after the start of construction, their dreams are now a tangible reality. Not too long ago, PDX Commons was a vision; our cohousing friends in Portland are reminding us what we can look forward to after putting in the time and effort it takes to build a real community.

CoHousing Solutions played a major role in seeing this project come to fruition. They asked Katie McCamant to come on board in 2013 to help navigate the cohousing development world. As Lew Bowers, founding member of PDXC, says, “Turns out that the investment in Katie has helped our project save time and money in so many ways – giving us templates to start our legal documents, outlining the overall deal structure and helping to negotiate contracts with our consultants.” Katie was a key link between the members and the developer Urban Development + Partners, who have set a great precedent for the cohousing group-developer relationship.

PDX Commons is a collaborative community of supportive friends living in a walkable and connected neighborhood in Portland, OR. 

“We still count on Katie's expertise to keep us out of trouble. Her breadth and depth of cohousing and development experience offered us a unique skill set that has served us well time and time again. Her advice is steeped in a rich tea of experience.”

- Lew Bowers and Susan Fries
Grace Kim: How Cohousing Can Make You Happier (And Live Longer)
Our good friend Grace Kim recently presented on the TED stage!
You definitely don’t want to miss this awesome talk on cohousing. Click here to watch the video.

“Loneliness doesn't always stem from being alone. For architect Grace Kim, loneliness is a function of how socially connected we feel to the people around us -- and it's often the result of the homes we live in. She shares an age-old antidote to isolation: cohousing, a way of living where people choose to share space with their neighbors, get to know them, and look after them. Rethink your home and how you live in it with this eye-opening talk.”

Cohousing Updates
Village Hearth Cohousing: "Let's Build the First!"
Free Presentation with Chuck Durrett
Friday, August 25th, 4:00-5:30 PM in Durham, NC
We invite you to learn more about the first LGBT & allies 55+ cohousing community in the U.S. in this free presentation featuring cohousing architect Charles Durrett.

Village Hearth Cohousing in Durham, NC is seeking new members to be part of this precedent-setting neighborhood.  If Village Hearth sounds like it might be the place for you, consider attending the Design Development Workshop coming up August 26.
"Living Sustainably in Community"
Truckee Cohousing Presentation with Katie & Chuck
Wednesday, September 13th, 6:30-8:30pm
Based in the Sierra Nevadas, Truckee, CA is an old railroad town adjacent to the beautiful Lake Tahoe. In the midst of short-term rentals and skyrocketing home prices, locals struggle to find stable communities which they can call home.  Like many mountain resort towns, there has long been a need for creating affordable and sustainable neighborhoods for those actually living and working in the area, and now we're doing just that! 

More info and RSVP: Julia Worster at or call (530) 386-3589.  Click here for the event flyer.

Join Chuck Durrett this Fall:

"Aging Successfully" Online Facilitator Training

About Study Group 1

Wednesdays Oct 11- Dec 13, 2017

9:30am - 12:30pm PST (3 hrs)

The class will meet online through weekly group conversations and check-ins

Become a key facilitator in inspiring and empowering seniors to:

  • Age in place successfully.
  • Understand the economics of senior living choices.
  • Take charge of co-care, co-healing, and outside assistance.
  • Strengthen the bond between body and soul, individual and community.
  • Appreciate the interlocking roles of community life and quality of life.
  • Work effectively to achieve common goals.
  • Create a meaningful living legacy that transcends the generations.
Introduction to Senior Cohousing

If you're interested in learning more, you will want to check out Chuck's recent talk on Senior Cohousing!
We're Here to Help
We provide development consulting services to help you create your sustainable neighborhood. Our team pioneered the development of cohousing in North America, and we have helped create dozens of successful, award-winning communities. 

Our newest venture involves training passionate cohousing entrepreneurs through the year-long 500 Communities Program. We'll be recruiting for the next class in early 2018, with applications due around May/June 2018.
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