Re: Cohousing Bank -- Paiss
From: Sanda Everette (
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 09:03:02 -0600 (MDT)
I don't know enough to know if this fits and whether a connection should
be made here.  I heard Peter Camejo, the Green Party candidate for
governor in California, speak a couple of weeks ago.  He evidently has a
background in financial arenas.  He was talking about a bank and a
credit card that he is working on developing to support green
enterprises.  He has already established low cost financing for solar 
> on Tue, 11 Jun 2002 Chris ScottHanson <chris [at]> 
> wrote:
> >Would it not be great to have a cohousing bank?
> > Imagine all the money in commercial banks or other institutions, invested in
> > god knows what!  60 cohousing communities, must be an average of at least
> > $100,000 per community in reserves and rainy day funds.  If half of that
> > were invested in a cohousing bank, and made available to cohousing
> > borrowers.. just imagine.  Should be $3,000,000 or more available already.
> > Any bankers out there willing to take on the task?
> > In the mean time, there is a Credit Union called The Sunshine Credit Union,
> > which people might want to look into for placing some or all of their rainy
> > day funds.  Anyone have contact info for them?
> > Chris ScottHanson
> Chris is exactly right.  The amount of financial power within the completed
> cohousing communities is growing rapidly.  I have estimated that the
> combined value of all the 62 completed communities is over $250,000,000.
> That is more than a 1/4 of a BILLION dollars.
> And the value of Reserve and Replacement funds which Chris mentioned, is at
> least the $3,000,000 he quoted. The trick is coordinating the treasusres in
> each commiunity to work together for the larger good.
> Unfortunately at this time there is no national bank who has stepped forward
> to tap into this market but I expect one will come along in the not too
> distant future.
> The work of Support Financial, of which I am a member of the Board, is a
> step towards making financing cohousing developments easier.
> Zev
> Zev Paiss
> Director of Project Development
> Support Financial Services
> (V) 303-413-8066 (F)303-413-8067
> _____________

Sanda and Brian Everette 

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