|Re: Regarding Affordability in Cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rick Gravrok (rick.gravrokgmail.com)|
|Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:10:27 -0700 (PDT)|
Have you heard of Generations of Hope where teens are adopted, and the seniors are there with and for them? It’s good for everyone. http://ghdc.generationsofhope.org Rick Gravrok Monterey Cohousing, Mpls (St Louis Pk), MN Rick Gravrok St. Louis Park, MN 952-926-6655 (landline preferred) iPhone 952-220-8153 On Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 6:27 PM, Virgil Huston <virgil.huston1955 [at] gmail.com> wrote: > > Gayle, > I like this idea. I have the grand visions of a multigenerational > community that has young families all the way to hospice and > everything in between, where elders are valued and may be productive > as long as possible, as well as being taken care of when that time > comes. Helping with children while the young adults help with sick and > infirm, for example. Being teachers in homeschool situations (or after > school) while parent(s) work, like a hamlet in old Europe (these were > more extended families I guess). You can buy entire villages in Spain > and hamlets all over Europe. I don't think this is really cohousing as > I understand it. It has many aspects of commune, but each unit has its > own living space. I see much more required working and eating and > hanging out together. Including even enterprises on the place where > members make a living. This could also make it affordable. Not sure > what this model might be. I have followed this list a long time and I > see cohousing as more of a gated community country club style thing > than a "real" community. I do not mean to offend by this, different > strokes for different folks, and I might be misunderstanding. I liked > a shared interest concept, too. I am an old(er) hippie and my wife and > I are pretty isolated. I would love a place to live where it would be > cool to get together to couchsurf a Dead and Company show, have a > small stage where people can jam, etc. There are many variations of > the special interest thing. > Cheers, > Virgil > > On Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 11:35 AM, Lynne Markell <lmarkell [at] rogers.com> > wrote: > > > > Good advice. Form the group first and learn how to work together. If > you decide to form a co-op, you might be able to get more help as > co-operatives helping co-operatives is one the main principles. > > Don't be the "owner", instead be the "organizer" or the instigator. > > If you find that there is not enough interest or skill to have the > residents manage the housing, think about other organizations that could > partner with you to make it happen. > > Good luck. > > > > Lynne Markell, > > Lmarkell [at] rogers.com > > (613) 842-5222 > > > > > > > >> On Aug 23, 2016, at 9:45 AM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at] > >> sharonvillines.com> > wrote: > >> > >> > >> > >>> On Aug 22, 2016, at 9:49 AM, Gayle Alston <galston1954 [at] gmail.com> > wrote: > >>> > >>> This idea around affordability is very near to my heart. I have hopes > of > >>> converting a 1960's cement block motel into a solo senior cohousing > >>> property in a small (pop 150) town in rural south Georgia. My > thinking is > >>> that each person will have a room that is rehabbed with a murphy bed, > >>> living area, frig/micro/toaster. Common area will include a home > theater > >>> and cafe and 35 acres of wooded area with a fairly extensive raised bed > >>> gardening operation. > >> > >> This sounds very nice. Check with senior cohousing communities about > what you will need in the long run. > >> > >>> I am also considering opening up the front section of > >>> my nearby (100 yds) home for common area so people can use the kitchen, > >>> dining room, and den. > >> > >> This is the only thing that makes me pause. Some communities with > members who have a different living situation have difficulties with > supposed power and privilege issues. And it does make it different for you. > You could feel out of things and be treated like “the owner” even when you > are not. > >> > >> Avoid being the sole developer. Form a group as soon as possible so you > aren’t the only founder. > >> > >>> I would like to make it available to seniors like me... who are happily > >>> solo but may not have planned so well for retirement so have limited > >>> monthly incomes. > >> > >> I repeat, make your cost parameters clear from the outset. Construction > costs escalate very easily. The list of people who have found themselves > priced out of cohousing after working with a group for months and years is > long. > >> > >>> I would like to intentionally recruit members who will > >>> bring different skills for the ongoing development of the property for > the > >>> good of all. > >> > >> Skills are important. That is your human capital. But it has to be done > carefully so as not to intimidate prospective cohousers. > >> > >> After we moved in, I realized how much the skills of the individuals > who live here makes a difference in how the community develops. We have > from the beginning, for example, lacked a person who could manage the > kitchen. It requires both organizational and people skills. While we have a > large workshop, we are lacking a person who works there often and will also > manage the tools and clean up. Set some expectations and remind people to > pay attention to them. > >> > >> Sharon > >> ---- > >> Sharon Villines > >> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC > >> http://www.takomavillage.org > >> > >> > >> > >> > >> _________________________________________________________________ > >> Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > >> http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > >> > >> > > _________________________________________________________________ > > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > > > > > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > > >
- Re: Regarding Affordability in Cohousing, (continued)
- Re: Regarding Affordability in Cohousing Rick Gravrok, August 25 2016
- Re: Regarding Affordability in Cohousing Virgil Huston, August 27 2016
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