Re: Writing back to NPR “1A” about cohousing
From: Beth Baker (bethbakerrcn.com)
Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2019 09:55:49 -0700 (PDT)
I’m a freelance writer who covers aging.  In my book, With a Little Help from 
Our Friends—Creating Community as We Grow Older, I have a chapter on 
co-housing. In the book.  There, and in freelance articles I’ve done, I’ve 
found a few affordable co-housing communities.  One is Sand River Co-housing in 
Santa Fe which is intentionally affordable.  It’s also for people over 55, but 
as a model it could work for all ages.  Another co-housing model for older 
people is ElderSpirit in Abingdon, Va.  They are intentionally mixed income, 
and a significant number of units are affordable rentals, rather than market 
rate purchase.  Generally, the trade-off is you get some financing help from 
the government, which has strings attached that can sometimes be problematic.  
But definitely a path that I think more co-housing communities might pursue.  
I’m on vacation now, but feel free to pass these ideas along to Joshua Johnson.


Beth Baker
12 Sherman Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301)537-1597 (cell)
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Author, With a Little Help from Our Friends--Creating Community as We Grow 
Older (Vanderbilt University Press, May 2014)


> On Aug 29, 2019, at 11:38 AM, Susan Green <susan.mx [at] gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Hi Ann,
> Are there any examples of affordable cohousing  to describe if we respond
> to Joshua Johnson? I’m aware of several partnerships with city offices of
> affordable housing that have mostly market rate units. Are there cohousing
> communities that have all affordable units? Is anyone even close to
> reporting to 1 A on that?
> 
> Susan Green
> Aria Cohousing
> Denver
> 
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>> Hi all ?
>> 
>> This morning on 1A,  Joshua Johnson,  tackles the issue of affordable
>> housing.  He focuses on Minneapolis but also nationwide looking for answers
>> to the housing crisis plaguing American cities.
>> 
>> Right at the very end of the live show a text or email is read asking if
>> cohousing might be an answer.  Johnson then invites listeners to write in
>> about their experiences w/ cohousing.
>> 
>> So I did.
>> 
>> Would you also like to do this?
>> 
>> You can listen to the show here  ? unfortunately I don?t see a way to Fast
>> Forward.  But you should listen to the whole show cause it?s good.
>> 
>> 
>> https://wamu.org/story/19/08/28/1a-across-america-how-u-s-cities-are-tackling-the-affordable-housing-crisis/
>> 
>> You can email Joshua Johnson and 1A  at:
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>> 1A [at] wamu.org
>> 
>> Fred Olson? you may be particularly interested in this episode.  :-)
>> 
>> 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
>> 
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