Re: Cohousing that integrates a limited number of adult persons with disabilities
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2016 04:13:50 -0800 (PST)
Marion —

I don’t know if cohousing has done this but you would do well to you look at 
The Generations of Hope model that has very successfully integrated seniors as 
the stabilizing population with a target population e.g. foster kids, single 

The communities founded under this model have proven massively successful in 
addressing a social concern.  Here in Washington, DC, GENESIS, is a Generations 
of Hope model that has households of 55+ matched with foster-care women who are 
aging out of foster care who are themselves young single mothers.  There is a 
RIGOROUS application process that works to guide the success of the community.  
People who are chosen for this innovative community receive below-market rent 
in exchange for their commitment and work in the community.  

This is a model that cohousing could consider integrating — it might well work 
for your commitment in providing housing for people with disabilities.  One of 
the crying needs of parents with disabled children is providing for their care 
after they are gone.   Even if they have care provided for …what they are 
desiring is a home where their children are accepted and usefully whole.

Wishing you the best in this endeavor, Marion.  It’s a noble one.  Let me know 
if I can help.  Contact me via this list or off-line.

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church, VA

> On Jan 13, 2016, at 2:17 AM, Marion Pape <marionpape [at]> wrote:
> Amikaro Cohousing, a formative urban cohousing project in Victoria, British 
> Columbia is developing a cohousing project that will include 5 families with 
> adult children with severe disabilities and the remaining units populated by 
> a diversity of age groups. Just like with seniors who suffer from social 
> isolation, this group of disabled adults, represented by their aging adult 
> mothers (50’ and 60’s)and sometimes caregivers is looking to build an 
> intentional community that is fully inclusive, removing all the barriers.
> My question is whether anyone knows of any cohousing project that could be a 
> successful model for this type of project. If there is no model, can you 
> suggest why such an innovation has not developed?
> Thank you for your thoughts.
> Marion Pape
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