Re: Get out the Cohousing Vote!
From: melanie griffin (melgrifgmail.com)
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2009 05:20:17 -0800 (PST)
just fyi, go to the tab marked "new ideas" and it's first on that list.

On Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 1:26 PM, Grace Kim <grace [at] 
schemataworkshop.com>wrote:

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> I posted the following suggestion on the HUD website:
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> Provide funding for affordable community oriented housing (cohousing)
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> Residents of affordable housing are often isolated from family and
> support systems. A cohousing community can help residents of all income
> and generational levels live independently (in their own fully equipped
> homes) but with the daily support from a network of people that care
> about each other. Shared resources (computers, cars, laundry) and shared
> domestic work (cooking, childcare) can help all families stretch their
> dollars and find the resources to get back on their feet.
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> Coho/US is trying to gain audience with HUD to encourage cohousing as an
> alternative housing model for all families, including low income
> families.  The wording of my suggestion may not be perfect, but the
> intent is to get HUD to stop and think outside of their conventional box
> and consider cohousing, even for just one moment.  HUD staff are
> reviewing the suggestions daily and I've already planted the seed with
> Deputy Secretary Ron Sims at a recent housing conference.
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> I would highly encourage you and your community members to follow this
> link and vote for this idea (or propose one you like better - but
> remember strength is in numbers and its about the concept not the
> specific solution) - this is one way to get some traction at HUD.
> Cohousers may be small in numbers compared to the rest of the US, but if
> we vote with our numbers, then we have a chance to be heard.  This would
> be a great way to gain audience with the HUD secretary and staff.  The
> HUD staff will be looking at this public "vote" as they develop their
> priorities.
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> http://hudideasinaction.uservoice.com/pages/33263-promote-affordable-ren
> tal-housing-<http://hudideasinaction.uservoice.com/pages/33263-promote-affordable-ren%0Atal-housing->
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> Thanks for your time and consideration!
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