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|From: Nicole Wilde (nicolewildegrowth.com)|
|Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2006 07:07:20 -0800 (PST)|
Greetings, My name is Nicole Wilde and I am new to this listserve - which I am grateful to have found. I have been hired by a local group to begin researching an alternative to traditional independent and assisted living facilities in our region (N. WI). I have long been aware of co-housing from travels in Europe, and based on the culture of our region, is one direction we will seriously explore. However, since I have just been hired onto this project, I am at point 0. No study circles/community research has been conducted specifically on this topic- however many people are involved in sustainable development (green/social) study circles at this time and senior housing and access to affordable housing has risen as a reoccurring topic - so people are organized and there is already discussion is my point - just not focused on this topic. Based on all of your various experiences with co-housing, senior co-housing and senior programs, I would like to ask the following: 1) What books/publications should I be reading as a primer? 2) What are the predominant questions I should be asking at this initial phase? 3) What training should I be attending? 4) If you were me, what would be your first steps to begin researching this idea? 5) What is/are the senior co-housing(s) facilities that is the benchmark/standard that I should visit? Names of people who made these happen. 6) Keeping seniors in their home as long as possible is part of the vision/discussion - is this part of the co-housing equation? If yes or no, any communities that I should look at that is doing this well. 7) Legal/Finances - where can I find legal business model structures and financials for successful sustainable co-housing projects. What I am looking for here is capital costs, financing (Lenders, investors, and renters: equity/debt), operations etc. Any other advice/ideas are welcome. Obviously there are questions I am not thinking of, so feel free to answer those as well. Thank you very much for your ideas and time. Warm Regards, Nicole Wilde nicole [at] wildegrowth.com
- Re: CC&Rs, bylaws, etc Lynn Nadeau, February 25 2006
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