|Re: Socioeconomic Diversity in Cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: S. Kashdan (s_kashdanhotmail.com)|
|Date: Sun, 15 Mar 2015 17:35:34 -0700 (PDT)|
Here at Jackson Place Cohousing in Seattle, now fourteen years into living on site, we didn't consciously aim at having socio-economic diversity. Given all the work of putting together our project, it seemed too complicated for anyone to try to qualify under the laws of Washington State for having affordable units. However, over the years, it has developed that we have residents with diverse incomes. There are some quite well-off homeowners, some who are less so, some living on limited retirement incomes, and a few who were only able to buy their places because they were helped with private loans from others when we were first moving in. We also have some people who rent rooms in the homes of owners, and a few who rent entire apartments. Some of the renters are earning decent incomes, and some are living on limited incomes. Renters do not have any say in financing issues, although they can be as fully involved in other kinds of decisions as they want to be. There is generally a cooperative spirit among all residents. But, sometimes owners who are well-off and owners who are less so may differ on how to fund new projects, such as getting solar panels for our common house. However, differences over how to finance projects also occur between people with different ideas about how to manage funds, even if they have similar economic resources. All my best, Sylvie Sylvie Kashdan Community Outreach Liaison Jackson Place Cohousing 800 Hiawatha Place South Seattle, WA 98144 www.seattlecohousing.org info [at] jacksonplacecohousing.org
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