Re: Cohousing-friendly financial institutions
From: John Faust (
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2009 20:51:20 -0700 (PDT)
Actually, I'm surprised that CohoUS and/or FIC don't actually investigate,
advocate for, facilitate, implement, ... some national fund for cohousing
(or IC) development. If we think cohousing is truly a good investment and
serves both social and environmental restoration, it would be a fund both
associations and cohousing members (as well as others) should invest in.
[Clearly, one shouldn't expect the kinds of returns from another housing

One FIC project (Community Business Loan Fund<>)
seems to be a step in this direction though does not seem to be explicitly
aimed at investment in new ICs.


On Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 8:36 AM, ehrbar <ehrbar [at]> wrote:

> At Wasatch Commons in Salt Lake City, Utah we are considering putting
> part of our HOA reserve fund into a insured account at a bank or
> credit union which has a good track record of making loans for the
> construction of cohousing communities etc.  We still remember our own
> difficulties to get a construction loan in 1997.
> (a) Is it still as difficult for cohousing communities to get loans
> as it was back in 1997?
> (b) If so, are there financial institutions which are so much better
> than others that we should deposit our money with them rather than
> locally?
> Hans.
> Hans G. Ehrbar   
> ehrbar [at]
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