Re: Diversity in Cohousing/rentals
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2002 10:51:01 -0600 (MDT)
>> One of the reasons to include rental units is to include those people who
>> do not have (and/or do not want) the financial capital to purchase a
>> unit. But "renters" are not welcomed by many people in cohousing (or by
>> banks). This excludes most of the 20-30 age range, except those whose
>> parents do not have the capital to give them their down-payment.
> The problem with providing affordable rental units is, that if the houses
> are expensive, the rent is going to be high and basically out of reach of
> lower income people.  In a sense, it doesn't widen the opening (from a
> socio-economic perspective) a whole lot.  This has been the case with the
> two rental units we have.

Are your units full houses? Lot model?

I was thinking of smaller units -- like the two family houses in some
projects. Upstairs apartments, etc.

We currently have a 21 year old au pair whose sister just came over, age 14.
It's fun having them in the commonhouse and sunbathing on the piazza. The
next up in age is about 33 or 34.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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