Cohousing outreach lesson for the day: Be reachable
From: Karen Kudia (
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2010 09:53:51 -0800 (PST)

I agree a very strong prohibiting factor is the cost. With the recession, property values have fallen and it is hard to sell. Many find a co-housing home >$300,000 rather limiting if not impossible. I know there are some co-housing that subsides but usually for local people and there are few of them. Catch 22. For example, does anyone know of any co-housing that is less $300,000 urban or rural? Wonder if Habitat for Humanity might enter the co-housing arena? Offering affordable housing. Anyone approach them? Can't you just see co-housing /habitat humanity in Tampa; revolutionary isn't it.

Karen D. Kudia
Anthony, Florida

On Jan 5, 2010, at 3:05 AM, Raines Cohen wrote:

So many communities I visit fail to update their websites or points of
contact once the units are sold or they move in.

And even before units are sold!!! The website is your most important
point of referral. Even people who contact you directly will refer to
your website later. It becomes more important everyday. it's your
public face.

Please remember that people do not know where you are. Put an address
on it -- including the _state_.

* Focus on People, Not Property

This is my standard response to this phrase but since it has appeared
again, I'll respond again. I understand the sentiment and intention
behind the focus on people and not property, but for those with few
options, housing is a primary need. Reducing a concern for housing to
"property," misses their needs as people.. The biggest word in
"cohousing" is HOUSING.

Busy single parents on limited budgets with kids in tow need the
promise of a house/apt before even beginning to talk about playgrounds
and meals. You can potluck your hearts out but if they don't have the
$20,000 you need them to put down or the means to support a $300,000
mortgage, they don't want to waste their time.

So please tell people what they need to know and don't shut them out
because they insist on knowing about sizes and costs before they will
come to an orientation or talk face-to-face. They don't want their
hearts broken while you go on about people.

A rant, but we who are fortunate forget about this in our desire to
focus on the wonders of cohousing -- for those who can afford it.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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