|RE: survey results||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Tue, 28 Dec 93 14:20 CST|
Missed the original message. Just to add to your numbers: Puget Ridge Cohousing in Seattle has a waiting list of 12 Sharingwood Cohousing, North of Seattle has a waiting list of 5 Several groups in the area are looking for members so the adage that the more real it looks the better may apply as both groups above are building. However, I might also add that much of the work for those projects is done...... Hmmm. Coincidence or not? I wonder how many people are into the ideal and want to live it but can't committ two years (or more) of meetings to make it happen? Probably lots, especially those with small kids. I would be interested to know what other groups do as far as childcare goes for meetings and if the lack or presence or quality of childcare is a "gating" factor for potential members? >From my perspective I get about 4-5 calls a week for information about local cohousing groups and I sent out 23 cohousing matrixes (lists of cohousing groups in our area) in Nov and Dec. There seems to be a steady interest although I know from my own communities recruiting efforts it takes about 90-100 contacts to get one committed member. Granted that is probably project specific to us, but it seems to be a general trend that lots of people like the idea, sort of, but either 1. Can't afford it 2. Are too afraid to invest in something that is not "normal". or 3. Find it not ideal enough. It would be interesting to get data from people who were attracted, but didn't commit to know better what is going on. Thanks for sharing what you found out. Rob Sandelin Puget Sound Cohousing Network ---------- From: Judy <netmail!BAXTER%55317 [at] VX.CIS.UMN.EDU> To: Rob Sandelin Subject: survey results Date: Tuesday, December 28, 1993 1:52PM Well folks - here it is - the results of my survey, such as it was; I sent out the following message - which appears to have been less than clear - yup- I should have piloted it. Oh well, ================================================= Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1993 11:53 -0600 (CST) Subject: market for cohousing I have a question for as many people as are willing to reply. How many of you actually know one or more people who you think would be seriously ready to consider committing to a cohousing community and could afford to buy a unit, and some idea of the maximum those persons could afford? (AND the people aren't already in a core group). The response NONE is as important or more important than yes, some number. So - the question is - how many households do you know who you think would be seriously ready to consider committing to a cohousing community and could afford to buy a unit, (AND the people aren't already in a core group) and some idea of the maximum those persons could afford? As you can guess, Monterey Cohousing is gearing up for recruitment, and we are also discussing what size (and cost) units people might afford. I have a theory, but no data. ==================================== I guess what I was really getting at was how many people may be out there who either 1) have heard of cohousing but aren't ready to start on their own or 2) haven't heard of "cohousing" but have talked of various shared living options and would be likely candidates. i.e. - are those of us who have put years of effort into this just the tip of the iceberg, or some way-ahead pioneers? The results so far suggest we are more pioneerish than I had hoped. Of the 9 replies that I got (out of how many folks on this "net"?) 5 seemed to say none beyond themselves or their core groups [maybe they mean no-one else is interested in THEIR Group. I know a few people here who are really interested but Monterey is not a good location for them.] 1 knew of 5 1 group has a waiting list of 15 hholds and thinks there are lots 1 core group described itself 1 describes a 3-4 in the core group and 16 or so possibles in contact at orientation meetings My sense is that this process is demanding(more than I like) and people who get in now really care about having the community. And lots of people want it, but also have a lot of other requirements (lots of green space, in the city, ecological concerns, low income, .... you name it). So for any particular site and set of parameters, we select out a few people. I had hoped, like it says in The Book, that once it looks real, more and more people are attracted. And that may be true - I may just be too impatient. Thanks for responding, all of you. Judy Baxter, Monterey Cohousing Community, Twin Cities Area, Mpls/St.Paul MN (Mococo) baxter [at] epivax.epi.umn.edu Twin Cities CoHousing Network Voice Mail 612-930-7580 Voice Mail for Monterey Cohousing - 612-930-7554
survey results Judy, December 28 1993
- RE: survey results Rob Sandelin, December 28 1993
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