Re: Advice
From: Office Manager (
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2006 13:04:07 -0800 (PST)
Please read "Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living -
The Handbook" by Charles Durrett. It is available at

Thank you for your interest.


Cathy Chmel
Office Manager
McCamant & Durrett Architects
The Cohousing Company
241 B Commercial St.
Nevada City, CA 95959
cathy.chmel [at]

> 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]
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