Re: Achieving age diversity
From: Oilcloth International/Cardie Molina (
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2006 06:44:07 -0800 (PST)
What about recruiting to police, sheriff, and fire department - all types of
city and government employees. All the nurses and administrators of
hospitals/community colleges/other learning facilities in addition to
teachers. At least here in LA some of these professionals cannot afford to
live in the areas where they work. It is a big problem with police and there
is actually a program to assist in home loans or some kind of bonus up to
live/work in the same area.


-----Original Message-----
From: Sharon Villines [mailto:sharon [at]] 
Sent: Monday, November 06, 2006 6:27 AM
To: Cohousing-L
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Achieving age diversity

On Nov 5, 2006, at 10:16 PM, Barbara Sarah wrote:

> We are now recruiting new prospective residents for our 30-36 unit 
> project in Rosendale, NY. We'd like to know how other communities have 
> been able to achieve an equitable mix of ages - families and older 
> people without children. We are doing outreach to schools. 
> pediatricians, etc., yet still are finding it much easier to attract 
> people over 55 years to our meetings. Have any of you designed quotas? 
> If so, what kind? Do they work? All suggestions appreciated.

One tactic mentioned here often is to make the kid friendly features of 
your project very visible -- have two play areas outside, a tot lot for 
under 6 and a playground for over 6 with larger play structures and 
further from the commonhouse (but not too far). And have a kids room 
inside (under six) next to the dining room and if possible a larger 
active play space inside with a ping pong table or such.

Show your budget for these toys and equipment with pictures when you 
display your plans. Advertise "kid-friendly."

Do not build big units and expect people with young kids to be able to 
afford them.

In our community there is no relationship between size of unit and 
number of residents under 16. One resident with two thee-year-olds just 
opted to stay in a one bedroom with a den rather than move up to a 
three-bedroom that he could technically have afforded because his one 
bedroom unit is on the piazza and just steps from the playground and 
the indoor kids room. With the larger unit he would have run the risk 
of being "house poor" if the boys needed private schools or more 
childcare. He would not have been able to do things like put the boys 
to bed and step outside to chat with neighbors in the piazza. Or walk 
under cover in the rain to take the boys to the kids room to play.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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