|Co-housing in the Twin Cities||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Deb Smyre (dsmyreprimenet.com)|
|Date: Fri, 8 May 1998 12:49:41 -0500|
Hi, Neighbors! I'm in my final quarter of grad coursework (ya-hoo!) at the Univ. of Mn. School of Social Work, and I'm researching co-housing in the Twin Cities. Currently, I have three school-related interests in co-housing, so I'd love to hear from list members on this topic. First, an assignment for my advanced human services management class requires me to design a social service organization. Second, I'm also taking an elective on homelessness, so I'd like to design an organization structured as a co-housing community which addresses the needs of homeless families (parents and children, not singles). There's an organization called Elim Transitional Housing, Inc. (in Mpls. for 15 years) which operates by renting homes or apartments, subletting them as transitional homes to homeless families, and assisting the families with education, job-hunting and securing permanent housing. I'd like to use Elim as a model for my organizational design, with the one difference being co-housing instead of single-family homes or apartments. The funding for this type of organization is ready-made by the McKinney Act, and grant funding for homeless initiatives is available. I'd love some feedback on this idea, so please feel free to comment and critique. Thirdly, (and this may be the most important piece since it's 'real-life' rather than a classroom project) I'll spend 12 weeks in a full-time summer internship with Anne Long at Plymouth Christian Youth Center in Mpls., which will complete my MSW program. Anne has made plans for me to work with the group designing the West Broadway corridor business district revitalization effort as Coordinator. I'm interested in comparing the West Broadway plans with the Central Avenue plans, specifically looking at high-density housing options and the inclusion of co-housing options as part of the West Broadway plan.
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