More than Cohousing – Cohousing Like – what’s the difference?
From: Alice Alexander (
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 04:29:51 -0700 (PDT)
Join us at the 2017 National Cohousing Conference in Nashville to continue
this discussion, with Ty Albright, Is it Cohousing? Group Participation
Game (Ty Albright)
also with Laura Fitch and others: More Than Cohousing

Below is a blog from Ty Albright:
More than Cohousing – Cohousing Like and other Alternative Housing
Solutions – what’s the difference? <>

One emerging goal for cohousing is how cohousing can be used as a model for
unique needs. There is often debate or confusion about communities that are

** *Cohousing-like* takes aspects of cohousing but is not cohousing.
** *More-than-cohousing* are cohousing-like communities with a social or
economic mission.

It is difficult to talk about “More than cohousing” without touching on the
topic of “cohousing-like” communities and asking “Is it cohousing”? When is
something cohousing, when is it something else, and when is it more than

Cohousing values and characteristics improve any community and aspects of
cohousing can benefit people with unique needs. We need all sorts of
cooperative, collaborative, community-oriented housing of which cohousing
is one type.

The purpose of this document is to help identify the characteristics that
define cohousing, and clarify terminology for “cohousing–like” or
“more-than-cohousing” type communities. Using correct vocabulary is
important to prevent the dilution of ideas and concepts.

Alice Alexander
Executive Director
[image: The Cohousing Association]

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