|RE: Businesses within cohousing communities||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (Exchange) (RobsanExchange.MICROSOFT.com)|
|Date: Tue, 8 Oct 1996 11:05:38 -0500|
> > how many have plans to have a fairly major enterprise that helps > sustain/grow the community, like some intentional communities do? =20 >=20 > Cohousing as a model for intentional community does not work well for > doing this. Because cohousing is typically based on home ownership in > large capital projects involving high costs and large mortgages, the=20 > ability to do sustainable business is severely constrained. From what I=20 > have been able to determine, the average cohousing mortgage costs $900=20 > per month, so raising that across thirty units would require a business=20 > profit of $27,000 a month. It gets a little steep. >=20 > One of the unspoken premises around cohousing is that there is no=20 > income sharing, everyone must fend economically for themselves. A=20 > couple of groups have a group mortgage but even these require=20 > individual incomes and assets that are held separately. >=20 > It is possible for individuals within a cohousing group to run a=20 > business out of their home, but these are independent operations which=20 > at most may share a facility now and then such as a office room in the=20 > commonhouse. You could have a nice shared office facility in a=20 > commonhouse (eco-village at Ithaca had such plans once) but this is for=20 > supporting independently run personal business' not a collective=20 > business. >=20 > Because of the high costs involved with cohousing I do not see it=20 > likely having a sustainable business as a community endeavor. The=20 > commitment required to run a community, based around a community=20 > business or community economic system is MUCH higher than most=20 > cohousers I have talked with would ever consider. The reason many folks=20 > are attracted to cohousing as a community form is that it does not=20 > require such whole life commitment, at least once you are up and=20 > running. >=20 > Rob Sandelin > Northwest Intentional Communities Association > Sharingwood
Businesses within cohousing communities Joani Blank, October 8 1996
- RE: Businesses within cohousing communities Rob Sandelin (Exchange), October 8 1996
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