CoHousing Solutions Newsletter | January 2017 

Hope your year is off to a great start! In this newsletter we are pleased to remember the major milestones from 2017 and are looking forward to all the progress that will be made with communities across the country in 2018. We're also super excited to announce the start of our webinar series to attract the next 500 Communities Class!

- Katie & Bethany, The CoHousing Solutions Team
Cohousing in the news...
New York Times: "There’s Community and Consensus. But It’s No Commune."
Article by Tom Verde
Photo of Pioneer Valley Cohousing by Matthew Cavanaugh for The New York Times

"The heart of each community is the common house, or a space, where group meals are offered once or twice a week, together with activities and events. Houses are connected by pathways. Instead of a lawn mower in every garage, there often are no attached garages. Cars are exiled to peripheral parking areas, while a single, shared lawn mower suits the needs of everyone....

The momentum for cohousing has been growing. The National Building Museum in Washington noted the recent 'boom in cohousing communities nationwide' in a current exhibition..."
Year in Review and Looking forward to 2018
Appreciating Major Milestones in 2017
Village Hearth Cohousing: City Council re-zoning approval, completes design workshops (Actively looking for more members!)

PDX Commons in Portland, OR residents move in!

Quimper Village in Port Townsend, WA residents move in!

Fair Oaks EcoHousing signs construction loan, breaks ground and starts construction (Only a few homes left!)

Harrisonburg Cohousing ties down land

Spokane Cohousing group coalesces, acquires land, and dives into architectural design/schematic workshops with McCamant & Durrett Architects

Successful National Coho/US Conference in Nashville, TN in May

Truckee Cohousing and Cohousing Houston both hold successful Getting It Built Workshops with CoHousing Solutions/McCamant & Durrett Architects

2nd class participants of 500 Communities Program graduate and 7 become CS "Affiliates"
PDX Commons residents enjoy each others' company on their recently completed common patio
Fair Oaks EcoHousing Loan Signing
Truckee Cohousing growing their community at a series of potlucks and other social events
Quimper Village during construction
Quimper Village construction completed!
Spokane Cohousing community earlier this year celebrating land purchase
Looking forward to a great 2018
Harrisonburg Cohousing as they move forward with a great site

Village Hearth Cohousing to start construction this summer (actively looking for members)

Washington Commons in West Sacramento to start design workshops (actively looking for members to join)

Marin Cohousing received a signed Purchase Agreement for their 3 acre property in Novato, CA and will be starting design workshops with MDA in the coming months

Spokane Cohousing to complete their design and move towards construction
Washington Commons is gaining momentum and looking for members to create the first cohousing in West Sacramento
Harrisonburg Cohousing members during their Celebration and Land Walk in December
Village Hearth has their site, drawings, and zoning approval; now to grow the community!
Exciting to watch Fair Oaks EcoHousing become a reality!
We welcome our new clients that joined in 2017!

Cohousing Updates
Marin Cohousing has land under contract! 
500 Communities Program Affiliate Spotlight: John Caye
One of the first Cohousing Getting-it-Built Workshops Chuck and I (Katie) gave was in Marin County, north of San Francisco in 1986. A vibrant group survived a few years before being discouraged by the difficulty and costs of developing in that area. Several groups have come and gone since then, but no cohousing has ever gotten close to being built in Marin County, one of the most expensive and difficult places to do any type of development.

In 2015, John Caye applied to my new 500 Communities Program, a year-long training to work in cohousing development. John lives in Marin County (Novato) with his wife and two girls, and had experienced living in cohousing when they were able to rent a home at Blueberry Hill outside of Washington DC when their girls were young. Now, with a career in project management for the Air Force and then the Veterans Administration, John wanted to create such a community in his wife’s hometown of Novato. Working with Katie McCamant, John has scouted every potential property in the area, and now, after a year-and-a-half of patient work has managed (at last!) to get a 3-acre property in Novato under contract. To find out more about this property and the people behind it, see Novato Cohousing Now.

But it wasn’t just a property search that John did. At the same time, he was building a core group that would be ready to come up with significant money quickly if they could get a property under contract. That is often the Catch 22 . . . people don’t want to put up money or make the emotional investment before they know the specific property, and in tight, competitive property markets that means that cohousing groups aren’t ready when there is an opportunity. But being on the ground in Marin County, and having the development background, John was able to move both the property search and core group development forward until the deal finally came together. This is an example of a project that wouldn’t happen without someone in John’s position patiently pushing it forward and finding the unique opportunities to make something happen.

So finally, 30+ years later, it looks like there is a viable cohousing opportunity in Novato CA, and we at CoHousing Solutions are excited to help this group get it built! 
John's Testimonial on the 500 Communities Program and Working with Katie
"Working with Katie has been hugely rewarding...equal parts inspiration, truth, motivation, challenge, fulfillment, perseverance, patience, wisdom...and great fun! At the start of any outreach, I tell everyone, clearly, we wouldn't be here and this would not be happening without Katie McCamant." - John Caye |
About the 500 Communities Program
Join us in February for an Introductory Webinar!
We are gearing up to find the 2018 class for the 500 Communities Program with applications due in June. Katie’s goal with this program is to create a network of cohousing professionals around the country that can work together to support the creation of more communities in their regions.

As an example, in the Marin case (see article above), while finding this property John made a lot of contacts and looked at a lot of other properties, and over the upcoming years more is likely to come out of these initial efforts. With cohousing groups focused on just getting their own communities built, they tend not to build up the knowledge and relationships that a professional looking to create a number of communities over time would.

There will be a three Introductory Webinars (just attend one) in which Katie McCamant will explain more about the program and how you can be part of it!

Three opportunities to attend an Introductory Webinar:

Wednesday, February 21 at 10am Pacific Time
Tuesday, March 6 at 11am PT
Tuesday, April 3 at 5pm PT

Featured Cohousing Articles & Videos from 2017
Feel free to share these with your communities and networks!
Cohousing Events
Online Webinar, February 21 at 10:00 am (PT)
Join Katie McCamant for an Introductory Webinar on the 500 Communities Program!
April 20-22
Cohousing Association of the U.S.
Mark your calendars for the regional conference in Boulder! Katie will be attending this conference and giving a presentation on the 500 Communities Program.
June 16-17
Save the Date! McCamant & Durrett Architects, SAGE Cohousing International, and Quimper Village Senior Cohousing are working together to hold a Senior Cohousing Conference in Washington Summer 2018.

Learn more by emailing Lindy Sexton at  or clicking on the link above.
Other related events:

Online: Thursday, February 8, 12:00-1:15pm Pacific

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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 June 2018.
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