|Re: Governance & Income Inequality||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred-List manager (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 04:39:11 -0800 (PST)|
Eris Weaver <eris [at] erisweaver.info> is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> due to a format problem. -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- Peter Goldstein wrote: > Jerome Garciano and Betsy Morris gave an excellent talk about >building for affordability at the Northeast Summit in '13…<snip> >They upheld some examples as having done affordability well: Petaluma >Avenue Homes (Sebastopol, CA) I consulted on the Petaluma Avenue project for two years. It is an affordable rental housing project, physically designed as cohousing…it succeeded at being affordable, but not so well at being cohousing. A few of the major reasons: o As a subsidized affordable housing project, residents were chosen by lottery after proving they met low/moderate income requirements -- NOT by their interest in cohousing. So the intentionality that is baked into most of our communities was missing. o Many people who qualify for housing subsidies have more challenges in their lives (single parents, disability, mental health issues, and of course not a lot of money) than the majority of us in "traditional" cohousing, which translates into challenges regarding the amount of participation & planning the typical cohousing community requires. o HUGE diversity, beyond what I've seen in any other cohousing community. Some folks were low-income because they were off-the-grid artist hippy types, but had middle class educations, values, assumptions, and entitlement; others because they came from generational poverty. NO shared values. Many of the folks who came due to low income thought this was the most beautiful, friendly, amazing place they’d ever lived. Many of those who came because they knew about cohousing were extremely disappointed because they did not have as much agency/decision-making power as they thought they ought to have. (Remember, this was a rental and folks came in after construction was done. They wanted to be in charge of things the way the rest of us are in our communities…and much of that is NOT available in the affordable housing context.) ------------------------------ Eris Weaver, FrogSong cohousing in Cotati, CA Graphic Facilitator & Group Process Consultant eris [at] erisweaver.info 707-338-8589 http://www.erisweaver.info "On days when you have no ideas at all, the best thing you can do is start doodling." Charles M. Schulz http://www.linkedin.com/in/erisweaver https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eris-Weaver-Facilitator-Group-Process-Consul tant/59352022195 https://twitter.com/erisweaver http://erisweaver.info/blog fa cil i tāt: to make easier
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