|Re: Including Renters||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sherri Zann Rosenthal (76671.1561compuserve.com)|
|Date: Mon, 15 Jan 1996 09:00:33 -0600|
To provide for more income diversity at Eno Commons, in Durham, NC, we're doing two things: steering people toward city and state affordable housing finance agancies and trying to encourage the construction of rental spaces that have some independence. We're commissioning two standard home plans from our architects, one a 2 BR, the other a 3 BR. We plan to ask the architects in include an optional room that we would like to have its own exterior entrance. This room can be added to each home either at the time of initial construction or later. We hope these rooms will feel like mini "mother-in-law" units, and provide a bit more autonomy for renters than a typical roommate situation. Our group still needs to talk about whether renters should be members of Eno Commons individually or as a part of the household in which they rent. Personally, I favor recognition for renters as full members of the community, with all the formal rights and responsibilities that may come along with that, rather than informally finessing their participation. For example, without formally recognizing renters as members, its a grey area how they participate in community decision making, even if the reality is that everyone is welcome to speak up and is listened to. Practical suggestions from cohousers about incorporating renters in the community would be great. Thanks, Rob Sandelin, for your comments. Sherri Zann Rosenthal, Project Manager, Eno Commons CoHousing, Durham, NC-- Where we're headed toward our Commons House Design Weekend Feb. 2-4, and still very much welcoming new members.
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