|Re: a slush fund for temporary financial relief||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Elizabeth Magill (pastorlizmgmail.com)|
|Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:24:32 -0700 (PDT)|
I have to say I totally disagree with the previous two responses. Helping individuals rather than having a fund in my opinion means that beloved folk are helped and not so beloved folk are not. We have good neighbors fund. It pays for meals accounts and cohousing fund accounts that get too far behind. It is managed by three trusted members of the community. I personally would rather give of my excess to an anonymous fund where individuals do *not* have to publicly announce they are in need, and folk judge whether they want to support this person, this time, etc. I give my $5 per month, the team contacts folk who are behind to find out whats up, and decides whether to share from the fund. (I certainly would not guess on my neighbors intent in giving to this fund but if they are not giving voluntarily I hope they will stop. Nothing is gained if they feel obligated. I give because I want to.) To be clear, a big advantage of this is that what i am protecting is "the fund" rather than any individuals. If the meals fund gets too far behind it is hard to credit grocery shoppers--but the good neighbor fund will have noticed before that point and stepped in. If money into the cohousing fund is behind in income that might stop teams from being able to spend money--but the good neighbor fund steps in to keep the funding stream happening. In this way I really am "giving to the good of the community" rather than deciding which of my neighbors is worthy of my non-random act of kindness. (As always the caveat that Mosaic separates cohousing fund from HOA funds due to a peculiarity of Massachusetts affordable housing law 40B.) In terms of the original question about difficulty of affordable homes paying rising HOA fees: Our affordable homes have smaller share of the HOA responsibility already--they own a smaller percentage share of the community--which was set by the state when the homes were sold. I'm not sure exactly what "coddling" means but if it means helping then I'm in favor of it. Liz Mosaic Commons in Berlin, MA
a slush fund for temporary financial relief Rodney Elin, October 19 2017
- Re: a slush fund for temporary financial relief Alan O'Hashi, October 20 2017
- Re: a slush fund for temporary financial relief Katie Henry, October 20 2017
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