|Anyone use Habitat for Humanity?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lynn Nadeau (welcomeolympus.net)|
|Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 21:32:57 -0600|
My question is--- have any cohousing groups worked with Habitat for Humanity? What was your experience? We have 20 lots at RoseWind Cohousing already owned (12 built and occupied) . We have 4-6 more home sites left.We want to get more young families into the project, and to do so we figure we need to make our buy-in as affordable as we can. We also need to raise a certain amount of money from our remaining lot sales, to provide the rest of our common house budget. One idea that keeps recurring is to somehow hook up with the local Habitat for Humanity folks. Some concerns about whether their religious affiliations enter into the matter, and about if and how we, RoseWind Cohousing, could participate in the selection process, to be sure the selectees were interested in devoting time and energy to community, and were well-informed about what they were getting into. There may also be some hard-to-admit barely-conscious concerns that with subsidized housing one might end up with ---- well, I think of some of the families I worked with locally in a social-service capacity, with lots of substance abuse, domestic violence, loud wild parties, trashing of premises, abused or neglected children. Mostly we act confident that we would end up with healthy positive people that just have little money, but I sense a little ambivalence too. One of our members came up with a novel idea: what we need to get from lot sales is money for the common house construction. This man suggests that since Habitat has many skilled builder types who are willing to donate labor, maybe we could "sell" them a lot or lots and take "payment" in the form of donated labor on our common house construction! (Separate from their deal with the recipient family for sweat equity etc on their own home construction.) We are in dialogue with Habitat.... Tell us what you know!
- Anyone use Habitat for Humanity? Lynn Nadeau, November 25 1998
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