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|From: Ann Zabaldo (zabaldoearthlink.net)|
|Date: Tue, 6 Aug 2019 13:53:57 -0700 (PDT)|
Hi all — On Wednesday morning (tomorrow) my neighbor, Alicia, and I are meeting w/ eight staff members of Fannie Mae’s Sustainable Communities Initiative. https://www.fanniemae.com/sustainable-communities/#/! From their website: —begin— The Sustainable Communities Initiative is an incubator for ideas that identify innovative solutions to address the affordable housing crisis. We strive to connect people with tools, and elevate and amplify ideas, to drive changes in the housing market around healthy, affordable housing and increased access to communities that are sustainable, offering quality education, healthy homes, and well–paying jobs. Sustainable Communities supports early–stage pilot programs that are then transitioned to Fannie Mae business units upon success. —end— They are coming to tour Takoma Village. In addition to the tour, this is an opportunity to engage them in a conversation about how cohousing can help them achieve their program’s goals. I am interested in hearing from anyone who has an idea to promote to them about cohousing. Here is one of my ideas: Research how cohousing saves municipalities money: living in cohousing reduces municipality services e.g. ambulance, police. If someone’s stereo is too loud we don’t call the police or call the management office — we ARE the management office — we knock on the door. Often in medical emergencies we don’t call an ambulance to take us to the ER, we ask a neighbor to drive us. Work w/ the Cohousing Research Network to produce high quality studies on the benefits of cohousing to municipalities. If municipalities can see that cohousing can reduce budgets the municipality will more likely support cohousing developments in their jurisdictions. Anyone else w/ an idea? All acknowledgements grandly given! Best -- Ann Zabaldo Takoma Village Cohousing Washington, DC Member, Board of Directors Mid Atlantic Cohousing Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC Falls Church, VA 202.546.4654 I’m … “it’s 8:30 pm and you want to start a movie this late?” … Years Old. (From a series of DIY embroidery quotes by The Twilight Sewn)
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