Re: Writing back to NPR “1A” about cohousing
From: Lynne MARKELL (lmarkellrogers.com)
Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2019 14:03:16 -0700 (PDT)
This is great to hear. Generally, I hear that affordability is a problem with 
cohousing and nothing can be done about it. 

What would be useful is to know the nature of the programs that make some or 
all units affordable. Then those of us can advocate and lobby for a similar 
program with our municipality, province or federal government. The more 
specific we can be, the more successful we can be.

What I would appreciate is knowing the following:

1.Homeownership programs that work for cohousing  
 program name, 
government level,  
target population (seniors, families, singles, etc), 
nature of subsidy (reduced mortgage, longer term mortgage, grant, rent to own), 
restrictions on resale, 
role of developer group, 
 cohousing group selection of program participants, 
Minimum or maximum unit price

2. Rental subsidy programs that apply to cohousing
Name of program 
Government level
Nature of subsidy ( capital grant, rent subsidy, mortgage assistance to group, 
etc)
Program target groups
Role of developer group
Selection of participants/ residents by cohousing group
Maximum rents (based on income?)

As we hear of cohousing communities that have been able to get outside help to 
make cohousing affordable, it would be great to document the programs that 
allow this to happen. Include websites that explain the program, so we can use 
this info to ask our governments to create a similar program. If we are too
 general , nothing will happen.
 BUt if we can say that the state of Maine has an xxx program that allows a 
cohousing group to offer 25% of their units to families of a modest income, 
through a long term mortgage to these families, then we can ask for a similar 
program in our jurisdiction. The politicians can ask their staff to follow up 
and get more specifics from Maine officials and report back. A proposal to 
include this in a budget may take longer, but it is a start.

Not sure who can do this documentation, but I think I saw that there was a 
committee studying affordability. Maybe a university student could be asked to 
do this for the committee or the national group.
Thanks.



Lynne Markell, 
Lmarkell [at] rogers.com
(613) 842-5222



> On Aug 29, 2019, at 12:55 PM, Beth Baker <bethbaker [at] rcn.com> wrote:
> 
> 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
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> bethbaker [at] rcn.com
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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:
>>> 
>>> 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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