|academia, cohousing and habitat for humanity||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: C2pattee (C2patteeaol.com)|
|Date: Wed, 31 May 2000 12:41:37 -0600 (MDT)|
as a long time volunteer with hartford area habitat for humanity, i was very interested to see this post about how cohousing elements could be incorporated into habitat's efforts. in areas where habitat does build many houses on the same parcel of land, the community house would be an interesting addition. on the other hand, here in hartford, where we started building multiunit dwellings (2-5 units) in the north end of hartford, we have had endless problems with the condominium associations formed to manage the common areas. there are various problems. the folks who seek out a habitat home do so as individual families, and often don't know the families selected to live in adjoining units. most of them are not interested in putting time and energy into working with others in the condo association. we have had more than a few cases where one family absolutely didn't want to participate in group process, and /or didn't get along with the other families, and there was nothing anybody could do about it. these multiunit dwellings were built in some really decaying neighborhoods, because for many years we held to the belief that by building owner-occupied housing, the neighborhoods could be improved. finally, when we literally couldn't give away the last three units we built in a renovated three story building, we started building single family homes, on much safer streets, in better sections of the city. i remain a dedicated habitat volunteer, but i learned a couple of lessons. first, location is everything, even if you're poor and currently living in expensive, substandard rental units. second, people who want to live in community are a small, and very self selected, group; and to make that community work, they must be willing and able to put in time and energy on the process of building community. Christine Pattee Greater Hartford CT Cohousing c2pattee [at] aol.com > > Date: Sat, 27 May 2000 11:29:03 -0400 > From: maruja torres <mtorres [at] ufl.edu> > To: coho [at] world.std.com, > Subject: Re:Conference Opportunity! - "Suburban Studies" > Message-ID: <184.108.40.206.20000527112903.006912b8 [at] pop.ufl.edu> > > I've heard the concerns voiced in this mailing list about academia's > interest (or lack of) in cohousing. I am happy to report that the > prospects are not as dim. <<snipped>> > Jo, John, and myself recently joined a team of professiionals that are > volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. Habitat has plans for a self-built > eco-village in Alachua county that we hope will incorporate cohousing > features such as a common house. As you can imagine, this really is a > novelty for which there are very few precedents. Our project has alredy > received coverage in the media because Habitat is not generally known for > building communities. Habitat usually builds single homes where resident > participate in the construction (but not the design) phase. The team's > approach has been to take this even further: efforts are being made to make > this community as sustainable as possible, incorporating a range of green > features in the design. We also want this community to be as empowering as > possible for the residents, and cohousing seems to us the appropriate model > for this. At this point we don't know yet how much cohousing this is going > to be, but residents will participate in the development and management of > the community. It will have common grounds, shared parking, Energy-Star > homes and a common house. We are trying our best, because many people are > looking at us. >
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