|Re: Habitat Co-housing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lynn Nadeau (welcomeolympus.net)|
|Date: Fri, 9 Jun 2000 22:17:30 -0600 (MDT)|
I've posted stuff about this to the list before, but it seems relevant to contrast with yesterday's not-very-likely-to-mix-with-cohousing post from the Hartford Habitat experience. The point being that, with a lot-development model at any rate, it CAN be done. Our local Habitat staff are delighted with the cohousing opportunity for the families, and the families, though still waiting for the construction funds to reach critical mass (these two homes are next on Habitat's list to build) are already regular participants in RoseWind social events. Maybe one factor is that Port Townsend is home to quite a few "cultured" low-income people? Not that it's essential, but our Habitat-aided families happen to be politically liberal, vegetarian health-food, artsy types--- and they meet all the Habitat criteria. RoseWind Cohousing in Port Townsend is a 24-unit lot-development model, in its eleventh year. We donated a couple of our last lots to Habitat. Actually, we had tightly budgeted so we needed the buy-in money from those lots, but one member in particular, and a number of others to the degree they were able, contributed the price of those lots, in effect buying them from RoseWind, for Habitat. So RW got the needed money, and HH got the lots for free. We danced back and forth with Habitat (HH) for about a year, getting to know each other. Dispelling RW member's fears that HH was too churchy, or would end us up with some sort of low-life-druggie residents; and dispelling HH's beliefs that RW was either a snobby yuppie gated community, or a nest of barefoot tent dwellers running around in macrame and love beads. We made a contract with HH that included: Of the 2 families, RW would "front" one, contingent upon this family meeting all of HH's criteria. (In this way, we got someone accepted who had been hovering around our group forever, but without the means to buy in.) The second family would be chosen by HH, and would need to spend enough time with RW that we felt they could make an informed choice about whether they'd like to live with us. And that family needed to have a choice about accepting either this arrangement, or a conventional independent-house from HH.From this process, we have two wonderful households who are awaiting HH getting the money to build their houses, probably in the coming year. (Our local HH just finished their third house in town, and is part-way through the fourth.) Other details- No annual assessments till occupancy. A HH mortgage which is stretched over more years (still at no interest) so the families would be assured enough cash to pay RW assessments. One additional good result of this arrangement is that we got two families with young children, which we really wanted. At the same time, our last two lots sold to others with young children, so we've balanced our mix quite a bit with just with these last lots. Lynn Nadeau RoseWind Cohousing Port Townsend WA Where the common house is stucco'd, and getting interior trim AND a beautiful big custom house is about to go up for RESALE (3+ bedrooms, radiant floors, etc etc)-- mail me if interested
Re: Habitat Co-housing C2pattee, June 9 2000
- Re: Habitat Co-housing Lynn Nadeau, June 9 2000
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