RE: first meeting
From: Rob Sandelin (floriferousmsn.com)
Date: Wed, 8 Dec 2004 22:49:53 -0800 (PST)
Are you kidding. Cohousing is highly screened. The screening however is done
by the banks. If your members can not qualify for a mortgage, either by
financials or by lack of job security, they are not allowed in unless some
miracle intervention happens.  This is a common problem in start up groups.
It is almost always considerably more expensive to create the project than
the originators expected. Thus there is a whole lot of turn over once the
real prices become known. Often this is fairly late in the process. 

Rob Sandelin
Sharingwood Cohousing
Snohomish WA 

-----Original Message-----
From: Tree Bressen [mailto:tree [at] ic.org] 
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2004 3:55 PM
To: Developing cohousing - collaborative housing communities
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ first meeting

Hi Elke,

>6. screening process for future tenants

One thing to be aware of is that practically no groups immersed in the
cohousing model screen members.  I know, it's a shock for those of us who
have been living in other kinds of intentional communities for many years!
Cohousing groups will take action if someone really objectionable tries to
join, but generally they rely on self-selection for recruitment.  And ya
know what?  Things generally seem to turn out well.  Perhaps screening is
more necessary if a community lives more closely together and doesn't have
individual ownership of units, or perhaps the rest of the movement has
something to learn from cohousing on this topic.  :-)

Cheers,

--Tree



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