|Re: Unsucessful coho groups||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Joani Blank (jeblankhooked.net)|
|Date: Sat, 4 Jan 1997 22:54:51 -0600|
Kevin, I've never been a cohousing group that "failed" or tried unsuccessfully to to get one together, so I'm not eligible to answer your questionnaire, but I think the reasons that such attempts fail are the same reasons that most groups have a hard time recruiting new members beyond their core group. Look at it from the point of view of a potential new group member (or initiator). Putting myself in that position I have to ask the following questions: 1. Do I AND all the other members of my household AND enough other households to make up a viable group have enough money to buy a new home, not just the down payment, but enough income to support a mortgage, pay condo fees, and invest up front. 2. Can I/we make this kind of commitment knowing we may never get this new home? 3. Do I/we want to live in the same locale/setting (rural/urban/suburban/city/county/ state) as enough others to make a group? 4. Do I/we really want to be that close to people who do not necessarily share with us any ideology other than the desire to have more of a sense of community with neighbors. 5. Is there a reasonable possibility we can find an appropriate buildable site? I thought your were going to ask about existing groups that fail after they have gotten a good start. When that happens it is virtually always for the same single reason. They can't find a site, they can't get control over a site they find, they can't keep site control once they've gotten it, or they cannot get planning approvals to build cohousing on that site. I will be interested to hsee what others on this list have to say about this subject. Joani Blank Doyle Street CoHousing and Old Oakland/Swan's Market CoHousing (actively seeking new member households for what will be "the most urban cohousing community in North America," just minutes away from San Francisco.
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