|Re: Co-Housing Project For DisABLED Residents||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: MelaSilva (MelaSilvaaol.com)|
|Date: Fri, 20 Nov 1998 12:30:45 -0600|
>From the Fall CoHousing Journal, CA edition. Although it is very different trom what this writer is envisioning, I thought folks who hadn't seen this might be interested. Pam Silva Orange County California Homestead Friends Foundation is dedicated to creating innovative, small clusters of cohousing integrated into the community for developmentally disabled adults who wish to live independently. This foundation is pioneering a new kind of social neighborhood that balances personal privacy with living near other people who know and care for each other. We are striving to encourage independent living in affordable and stable cohousing so that residents can realize their individual capabilities to the fullest. Homestead Friends Foundation, a newly formed 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, intends to build the first small-scale cohousing for independent, developmentally disabled men and women We are planning 18 to 20 cottages or bungalows and a common house on about one and a half acres. We believe that cohousing offers a solution to many of the pervasive problems the disabled face in attempting to live independently. In recent years, these men and women have been "mainstreamed" into so called "independent living" in far-flung apartments throughout a community, where they often have difficulty initiating relationships and find themselves cut off from friends and family. They live among strangers who care little for them and can even be a danger. Cohousing seems to meet the need for friendship/companionship. By living in small-scale cohousing and having the sociability and natural support of each other, they can safely and confidently be a part of main stream society and not feel so isolated. We think we will attract significant national attention to our demonstration project because both the basic design concept and physical layout of the buildings makes the project completely non-institutional. This allows it to fit into the existing community without looking different or unacceptable to the larger neighborhood, a major selling point for us. Plus, our people do not have cars or drive themselves, and therefore do not add to the traffic congestion. In July the Regional Center of Orange County, a State funded agency with a 70 million dollar/year budget for services for the disabled, awarded us a start up grant to develop a demonstration project using our concept of cohousing. We are particularly grateful to Chuck Durrett and Katie McCamant for providing a seminar on cohousing at the Regional Center, and a possible site plan to show. We are now looking for a local development consultant who is knowledgeable about both cohousing and affordable housing resources. We are looking for land, and committed to at least 8 units by June 30, 2000. If you have any questions, suggestions or comments, please contact Phoebe K. Pfeiffe <Pfeiff [at] ibm.net> or 949/458-8111 23448 El Greco, Mission Viejo, 92692
Co-Housing Project For DisABLED Residents Fred H. Olson, November 10 1998
- Re: Co-Housing Project For DisABLED Residents MelaSilva, November 20 1998
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