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Aging in Community Cohousing Conference
Aging in Community Cohousing Conference
Salt Lake City, Utah
May 19-21, 2016
Co-Produced by Coho/US and SageHill

Please join us for a two-day information packed conference on aging in community and the cohousing model.  In answer to the nation's "elder boom," our goal is to fuel a nationwide development of senior friendly cohousing communities that support successful aging in both adult-focused and intergenerational communities.  We also aim to spark conversations about aging within our existing communities, and share community programs that demonstrate healthy, vibrant aging.
 
You will discover the power of aging in community from cohousing leaders and professionals, aging and care experts, leaders in conscious eldering, lenders and policy makers who understand that successful aging is as much about purposeful living and caring about the well being of your neighbors as it is about beautiful architecture, universal design and sustainability. 
 
This conference holds the answers for creating a highly functioning senior friendly community. You will learn how to get started, meet the people who can help make it happen, and learn best practices from others who have already made the journey.  There is something for everyone - those exploring the idea, newly forming groups or existing communities with aging members. 
 
More details to follow on Aging in Community Cohousing Conference webpage......mark your calendar now. 
Conferences & Events
Friday, 6:00-8:00 pm, Nov 13 at Eno River Unitarian in Durham, NC, hosted by CoHousing Solutions & Village Hearth Cohousing 
Interested in partnering with Coho/US to produce a regional conference? Share your creative ideas with us!
Raines Cohen, Cohousing Coach
Alert readers may have noticed changes in the webpage  What Is Cohousing?  The new definition, crafted by a team of volunteers, aims to make the concept more universal and easier to understand, to avoid getting stuck in some of the misconceptions or stereotypes that have tripped us up in the past, and provide fresh context. Please join me in a behind-the-scenes peek at how it came about, and where you can make it your own, moving forward.  Read more   
Jon Ippolito, Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage
In Christmas of 2012, a year after my family moved to Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage, our town was the epicenter of one of the most severe ice storms the Maine coast has seen in recent memory. Temperatures dropped to negative 5 Fahrenheit at night and electricity was out for days as ice encrusted roads and power lines. Yet while the pipes froze in houses just down the road, the homes in our village stayed warm without power, wood, or fossil fuels. When I returned to my ecovillage home after four and a half days without power, the temperature had only dipped from 68 to a tepid 58.    read more  
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Cohousing in the UK 
Grace Kim, Schemata Workshop & Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing
In mid-June I was invited to speak on Cohousing common house design in the UK. It was a great opportunity to visit the various different Cohousing schemes that exist in the UK, highlighting the diversity that is not as present in US Cohousing schemes.  read more...
Informing the Next Generation of Land Use Law? 
Robert Boyer, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Throughout the last century, multiple public and private institutions have distanced citizens from the design and construction of their future homes and discouraged community-oriented design. These
overlapping financial, regulatory, moral, and industrial structures- detailed below-are among the greatest challenges to forming an intentional community today. In addition, their reinforcement of low density
automobile-dependent, sprawling development patterns has contributed indirectly to global environmental problems and the erosion of social capital in the US since the end of World War Two. read more
 
Seeking Community
Moving to an Established Community Rather than Creating A New           
Tom Lofft, Liberty Village Cohousing, Maryland
In response to an inquiry on the coho-l email discussion group, about recommendations on connecting with people who might be interested in starting a community, Tom responded:
Hi all wannabes and start-up cohousers: I recommend that any small group, especially those who are thinking of breaking new ground as pioneers, or who may have made a best effort and folded their program, to consider moving en masse to an established community which may still have multiple lots, condos, or home building opportunities still available....Why start over on a four to ten year risk loaded enterprise when an energetic community is waiting to embrace you all only a few hours away.  Read more

These comments are in response to a coho-l inquiry:  Wherever cohousing exists or is built, does it in fact sell *below* market rate relative to comparable residences within the surrounding community? Liz responds:
Because home prices are compared based on similar homes and cost per square foot, I can't think of anything that would make cohousing homes below market rate. For example, we made smaller homes, so market comparisons essentially compare our 3BR homes to other 2BR homes. We made attached homes, which saves money, but makes us comparable only to attached homes....You do make choices in building that may cost more or less, but for example choosing energy efficiency (we aimed for "super-insulation") means additional cost. As Sharon Villines said: the home is "richer" rather than cheaper.  read more
Cohousing Research Network
Dr. Angela Sanguinetti, for CRN and Coho/US Board
Coho/US announces a new partnership with the Cohousing Research Network! CRN was formed in 2011 at the National Cohousing Conference in Wash, DC. Researchers and writers from all over the world gathered together and decided that cohousing research should be as collaborative as cohousing itself!  CRN is a hub for researchers to connect and collaborate, but it is also committed to helping cohousing communities! We encourage you to refer research requests to CRN, who will ensure that: (a) the research leverages existing knowledge and available data, (b) demands on your community members for participation, when critical to the research, are reasonable and worthwhile, and (c) research outcomes are reported back to you.  Thanks to support from Coho/US, CRN--and the impact of cohousing research--will grow. I look forward to keeping you up-to-date on the latest and greatest CRN news!
End Notes
New Adventures in Cohousing
Jeff Zucker, Coho/US Board President 
Greetings. I have the privilege and honor of being the President of the Board of Directors for Coho/US for the next 12 months. While I look forward to an exciting and productive year, I would like to thank the members whose terms are expiring and who have contributed so much to the success of Coho/US. These folks put in a tremendous amount of work during their terms . They include:    our number cruncher extraordinaire, Dick Kohlhaas   our queen of cohousing in New England, Laura Fitch   our esteemed past president, Bill Hartzell   as well as our soon-to-be past vice president, Patrick Han Together, they helped forge a new vitality for Coho/US, and I trust that they will continue to work with us to forward the cause of cohousing. . ...I came to cohousing by way of visionary architect  Paolo Soleri . Dr. Soleri coined the term "arcology," combining the words "architecture" and "ecology" into a single term to express his notion of a better way for humanity to live. I worked on Dr. Soleri's "urban laboratory" to test his theories, known as the Arcosanti project in Arizona, beginning in 1973. I have remained closely associated with the project ever since, and am currently its supervising architect.  read more

Cohousing Communities - existing and forming - are encouraged to give annually.  Please consider becoming a  Sustaining Community  by pledging to contribute each year, for five years, with a minimum of $300 - and  receive one free registration to the National Cohousing Conference.


Established Communities = 155
Completed = 131
Building* = 25
Own Site = 21
Forming = 97
* Many building communities have residents but continue to add members and build homes.
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"You can't hide. Who you are, is going to be out there, you know, it's going to be out there. So honestly to grow relationships you have to take risks and be honest and that's the toughest things - to continually do it for 15, 20 years."
Will Stacy, Shadowlake Village, Blacksburg Virginia

PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Urban Land Institute's "emerging trends in real estate" annual report noted housing demand will take off across all residential sectors in the long-term. And that influx of buyers will also come with more demand for new and alternative housing options, such as microhousing and cohousing.


" Anarchist collectives from Richmond, Va., faith-based organizations, groups from New York City to Oregon, to home-steaders from the Midwest all participated in the four-day-long event."

"We haven't lost anyone since we've been out here," [Kay] Stewart said. "But one of these days I know we will find someone, and then what do we do? It's going to be like a very big family going through it together. We will all grieve, but we will have each other to carry the grief load."

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