Re: Low cost housing
From: David Heimann (
Date: Fri, 16 May 2008 21:00:12 -0700 (PDT)

Hi Matt,

Actually, self-developing a cohousing project is very much different than building it ourselves. We at Jamaica Plain Cohousing self-developed our project, but had a general contractor build it and a professional (Chris ScottHanson) in charge of a myriad of details. Instead of plumbing, carpentry, electrical, structural, and other such skills, our necessary skills, sometimes hard-learned, were fund-raising, accounting, treasury, loan acquisition and administration, programming and designing, permitting, political organizing, legal documents, marketing, community building, conflict resolution, and others I'm probably missing at the moment. A definitely different set of skills!

David Heimann
JP Cohousing

Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 13:49:57 -0600
From: "Matthew Whiting" <mewhiting [at]>
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Low cost housing
To: Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at]>
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Would I recommend others take on a similar project, or try do do lots of the
work themselves on a coho project, self-develop?  Yes and no.


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