Re: How to develop a group for 50+ without family, plus affordability
From: Elizabeth Magill (
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2007 17:43:12 -0700 (PDT)
However ... there's nothing magic about the age "50."

Why not cohousing for adults of all ages?

Federal Fair Housing Laws specify that discrimination based on "familial status" is illegal throughout the united states. "Familial status" is the presence of children or the possibility of children.

Here are the only restrictions on the ability to limit children:
(1) Nothing in this title limits the applicability of any reasonable local, State, or Federal restrictions regarding the maximum number of occupants permitted to occupy a dwelling. Nor does any provision in this title regarding familial status apply with respect to housing for older persons.
(2) As used in this section "housing for older persons" means housing --
(A) provided under any State or Federal program that the Secretary determines is specifically designed and operated to assist elderly persons (as defined in the State or Federal program); or (B) intended for, and solely occupied by, persons 62 years of age or older; or (C) intended and operated for occupancy by persons 55 years of age or older, and-- (i) at least 80 percent of the occupied units are occupied by at least one person who is 55 years of age or older; (ii) the housing facility or community publishes and adheres to policies and procedures that demonstrate the intent required under this subparagraph; and (iii) the housing facility or community complies with rules issued by the Secretary for verification of occupancy, which shall--
(I) provide for verification by reliable surveys and affidavits; and
(II) include examples of the types of policies and procedures relevant to a determination of compliance with the requirement of clause (ii). Such surveys and affidavits shall be admissible in administrative and judicial proceedings for the purposes of such verification.

(The Rev.) Elizabeth M. Magill
PastorLiz [at]
Mosaic Commons Cohousing
Berlin, MA
Where they've finally started digging stuff up and making a mess!!!!

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