|YOUR GIFt CAN HELP MAKE COHOUSING MORE AFFORDABLE||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Richart Keller (richart.kellergmail.com)|
|Date: Fri, 20 Dec 2013 10:31:14 -0800 (PST)|
MAKING COHOUSING MORE AFFORDABLE As many of you may know, there is a new non-profit organization with the mission of facilitating the development of affordable cohousing: Partnerships for Affordable Cohousing (PFAC) ( <file://www.affordablecohousing.org> www.affordablecohousing.org). Many forming and existing communities seek ways to become more income-diverse, to provide ways for those of modest means to become permanent residents. Most have found limited success and become discouraged at the challenges which they encounter. PFAC was established to provide existing and forming communities (as well as architects and developers) with the means to realize this goal. We occupy a unique, strategic niche among US cohousing organizations, such as CohoUS, which both complements and furthers their efforts to promote affordability. PFAC's role is to provide ways to fill critical gaps in the path to affordability. We do this is a variety of ways, depending on what is appropriate for a particular community--often it is a combination of direct technical assistance, assisting in establishing a financing strategy, partnering with or establishing linkages between communities and developers, on the one hand, and sources of financial support, on the other. One mid-term goal of PFAC is to establish a revolving fund which can offer loans where not otherwise available. Currently (in the startup period) these services are being provided on a limited, as-needed basis through the broad pool of expertise available from our Board members. This seasoned expertise ranges from providing guidance to groups or developers considering starting a community through creating and reviewing potential financial approaches, as well as drawing from our extensive network to identify and establish relationships with local, regional, and national resources capable of making the project feasible. We can also provide coordination and project management where needed. To do this work on a larger, sustainable scale, however, our 3-year Strategic Plan calls for raising funds to hire professional staff, support on-going administrative and other expenses, and establish a loan fund to provide financial support to fill gaps and complement the majority of support obtained from financial institutions and other sources. Please help make affordable cohousing more available in existing and new communities. Contribute to PFAC either through the link on our web site ( <file://www.affordablecohousing.org/> www.affordablecohousing.org) or directly through the Donations page of the CohoUS website ( <file://www.cohousing.org> www.cohousing.org) Be sure to click the box designating "PFAC" as the "Type of Donation". (Note: CohoUS is NOT fundraising for PFAC; they are only acting as our fiscal agent. As noted above, our missions are different but they complement each other and, together, expand the reach of cohousing. We encourage you to make a donation directly to CohoUS for their important work as well.) If you would like to explore ways of investing in the PFAC Cohousing Fund, please contact PFAC's Treasurer Wendy Willbanks Wiesner at 303-881-6138 or email her at wendy [at] ethicalcapital.org. With your support, cohousing can be made available for the many folks who would like to become cohousers but who lack the resources. Richart Keller, AICP Pioneer Valley Cohousing 120 Pulpit Hill Road #25 Amherst, MA 01002 413-835-0011 401 486-2677 (cell) (richart.keller [at] gmail.com) President, Partnerships For Affordable Cohousing ( <file://www.affordablecohousing.org> www.affordablecohousing.org) Member, Cohousing Research Network ( <file://www.cohousingresearchnetwork.org> www.cohousingresearchnetwork.org)
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