|Re: affordable, rental cohousing!||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: R.N. Johnson (cohorandayahoo.com)|
|Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2008 15:07:37 -0700 (PDT)|
We only have one unit at this p[oint larger than 1000sqaure feet, and are tentatively planning to add a 6-800 sq ft unit to our common house. On a slightly different note- since living in a small home can be a matter of preference rather than necessity, I think including "affordable" or " "low income" units in a larger community is a better idea than building entire communities for people of limited means. Everything I know about maintaining long term decent housing for people with small incomes suports mixing them in the larger community. It it is a shame that the structure of most funding sources make this so difficult. Randa Johnson New Brighton Cohousing Aptos, CA --- On Sun, 8/17/08, cohousing-l-request [at] cohousing.org <cohousing-l-request [at] cohousing.org> wrote: From: cohousing-l-request [at] cohousing.org <cohousing-l-request [at] cohousing.org> Subject: Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 55, Issue 37 To: cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org Date: Sunday, August 17, 2008, 3:16 AM Send Cohousing-L mailing list submissions to cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org To subscribe or unsubscribe via the World Wide Web, visit http://lists.cohousing.org/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l or, via email, send a message with subject or body 'help' to cohousing-l-request [at] cohousing.org You can reach the person managing the list at cohousing-l-owner [at] cohousing.org When replying, please edit your Subject line so it is more specific than "Re: Contents of Cohousing-L digest..." Today's Topics: 1. Re: affordable, rental cohousing! (No. Calif.) (David Heimann) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message: 1 Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2008 00:41:50 -0400 From: David Heimann <heimann [at] theworld.com> Subject: Re: [C-L]_ affordable, rental cohousing! (No. Calif.) To: Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> Message-ID: <Pine.SGI.4.61.0808170031010.9100965 [at] shell01.TheWorld.com> Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; charset=US-ASCII; format=flowed Hi Marganne, > Can any of you envision your own community including several > 800-square-foot homes? I can definitely do so! Out of 30 units, we have three studios at 550 square feet and three one-bedrooms at 700 square feet. Of the remaining 24, eleven are around 850 square feet only. We're doing fine with the smaller homes! Regards, David Heimann Jamaica Plain Cohousing Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 11:33:08 -0700 From: Marganne Meyer <marganne [at] macnexus.org> Subject: Re: [C-L]_ affordable, rental cohousing! (No. Calif.) To: Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii" ; format="flowed" In response to Ann Zebaldo's post: Personally, I think it's important to combine people of many income levels and circumstances. I have no evidence of this working. Being someone who lives on the 'margin', it would be a struggle for me to feel comfortable with only a few community members funding part of a project integral to the entire community. Perhaps something totally based on donations would feel more comfortable ... but that's just me. Please keep in mind that someone choosing to live in an 800-square-foot home (or smaller) is not an indication of that person's income. This misconception may be part of what makes some potential cohousing members balk at having homes of different monetary values in one project. Many of the smaller homes are highly energy efficient. It's also what people are looking for who are part of the 'living simple' movement. A byproduct are more affordable homes. Perhaps some of you here who live 'in community' currently could talk about how you would feel if not everyone in your project had the same buy-in price. How would finances be handled equitably? Try to imagine several of these 'tiny' homes located in the same community that has the more common, shared-wall, multi-floor cohousing buildings. There are links to a few samples below. Note that these aren't all 400-square-foot tiny tumbleweed homes on wheels, but they all go for well under $50,000. http://tortoiseshellhome.com/Pricing.html http://www.tinyhousedesign.com/2008/08/12/cherokee-cabin-company-tiny-house-plans/ http://www.tinyhousedesign.com/2008/07/25/ross-chapin-architects-goodfit-house-plans/ http://www.sheldondesigns.com/cabins/CohuttaC980.htm TinyHouseDesign.com is the web site of Michael Jantzen who is a member of the Low Cost Community Housing (LCCH) mailing list. His web site has links to many excellent examples of smaller, energy efficient homes. The owner of Tortoise Shell Home also is a list member. Making an initial investment to buy a large parcel of land and to start construction is a problem for people who live on less than $30,000 a year, even though they can afford to build one of the many tiny homes available on the market. Part of the tiny home concept is based on not including some of the usual functions a 'normal' house might contain. These include a lot of what cohousing projects share via the common house, a shop with tools, or a garden. Can any of you envision your own community including several 800-square-foot homes? Cheers! Marganne The cohousing, small house movement http://cohousingsmallhomes.blogspot.com/ Low Cost Community Housing http://groups.google.com/group/low-cost-community-housing ------------------------------ _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ End of Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 55, Issue 37 *******************************************
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