|Re: off-site members||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fremantle LETS (FreoLETScleo.murdoch.edu.au)|
|Date: Mon, 16 Dec 1996 20:20:43 -0600|
At 03:50 PM 13/12/96 -0600, you wrote: >Do any cohousing communities have non-resident members? Hi Janine and friends, Pinakarri Community Inc is a soon to be built ( starts in Feb,'97 - 8 non-equity, low income houses and 4 equity houses and a common house funded from the non-equity budget ) urban, cohousing project. Not all of our members will live on site. Some members were to be housed but as circumstances changed for them, some moving to the country, they remain members of the community. Some are interested in living nearby. One couple has just purchased a next door property, the husband doesn't want to be as closely involved in 'community' as his wife. This is a work in progress and seems to depend a little on what the person wants from the continued connection. Long distance members pay a nominal 'supportive' fee, receive minutes, come to meetings and community dinners (held once a week in individuals' homes) when they're in town, share their viewpoints at meetings but cannot block concensus on issues pertaining to the housing in the decision making process. Each of these people has received support from the group separate to personal friendships within the group. e.g. practical and ongoing emotional support around the death of an unborn baby and house swapping. One member has a profoundly and severely physically and intellectually disabled daughter, Debbie, who will be housed with a carer at the co-op although the father will remain living in the country. We expect that he will visit regularly and may stay at the common house. Close-by membership is a bit grey. Still seems to depend on what they want to get out of the connection. Seems to centre on support, a dodgey issue in itself. Numbers of people are interested in moving to our area because of our community. In theory they may share access to the common house, their input is unclear as yet. The concern here is the limited size of the common space and the impact on the on-site residents. As I said, a work in progress. Why do we do this? Pinakarri is an intentional community first and then a cohousing project. Hope this helps. I'm very interested in the subject and look forward to feedback. Warmest regards Robyn Williams Pinakarri Community Western Australia Our architect is about to present the detailed drawings ready to go to building tender in late January.
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