|Re: Single mothers||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Russell Mawby (russ.mawbycity.saskatoon.sk.ca)|
|Date: Thu, 29 Aug 1996 12:58:31 -0500|
In light of further comments to this list on this, to me, very important subject, I decided to post my response to Deborahs' private response to my comments. I think this issue is important because it gets at the very heart of how and why we build our homes and communities, whether we call them cohousing or not. As I have said before on this list, to me, this "community" issue is the most important question of our times, one which cohousing is acting as a very powerful way of addressing, critiquing and reshaping. * * * In short, Deborah's comment was that the typical house in her part of the world was probably not suitable for multiple "household" occupancy - too small, on too small a lot. * * * How about two houses (or three) side by side? You could tear down the fences, and *slowly* - you don't want to get the planning dept. involved, convert that space to common space - inhabit the "garage", etc. Buying existing is usually much less expensive than building new, and can actually make the process much easier. This might help in your application for grant monies - less expensive, more cost-effective (reuse, rehabilitation, etc.). Part of the trick is not to be too upfront about your final intentions - ie., this is *not* a group home, etc. (even if it is). The other part of the trick is to be imaginative about how you can use a space/place to support your *real* needs and desires. This is one of the approaches I have faciliated in Toronto, and am actively pursuing here in Saskatoon (similar problem here re: house size - most are post 1903, single-family). In fact, I am trying to get the City to step up and actively support this particular solution to housing needs, not just for single moms, but for any group (seniors in particular) that can see some benefit in co-habitation. I am also working with our Provincial government (equiv. to State) to rejig the Land Titles Act to allow for shared ownership, and thus more straightforward shared financing. Part of my argument is that it happens everytime a Husband and Wife buy a property together, even if common-law, so why not extend the same privilege to any mutally agreed upon contractual arrangement? The fact that I now actually work for our City administration might be of help to you, since municipalities tend to pay attention to what other municipalities are doing, but again, you may want to avoid getting involved with those guys altogether. Russell Mawby Ph : (306) 975-7666 Housing Facilitator Fax: (306) 975-7712 City of Saskatoon Planning and Building Dept. 222 - 3rd Avenue North Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J5 russ.mawby [at] city.saskatoon.sk.ca
- Single mothers Deborah Greenspan, August 27 1996
- single mothers Deborah Greenspan, August 30 1996
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