Re: Writing back to NPR “1A” about cohousing
From: Lynne MARKELL (
Date: Sun, 1 Sep 2019 08:54:13 -0700 (PDT)
I keep forgetting that the US has many more states than we have provinces in 
Canada, so it would be hard to do, but not impossible.
I received a reply from a kind soul in Connecticut that the federal government 
defines affordable housing and requires all states to create legislation that 
fits federal guidelines. Then towns are required by the state to have 10% of 
housing stock designated as affordable. In Connecticut, there can also be 
incentives if a developer provides 30% affordable housing. 

States can also provide funding to subsidize the price of affordable homes. 
From the small list of cohousing with affordable homes, it looks like Colorado, 
New Mexico, and Connecticut do this. California (Petaluma Avenue Homes) and 
Virginia (Elder Spirit) even help with rental units. 

Let me know if I am getting this right.
I am really appreciating this conversation and information.

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

On Aug 31, 2019, at 4:31 PM, Sharon Villines via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at]> wrote:

>> On Aug 31, 2019, at 2:43 PM, Lynne MARKELL <lmarkell [at]> wrote:
>> This organization would be the most appropriate organization to develop a 
>> listing of the various government, charitable, non profit groups to help 
>> cohousing groups create affordable units.
> The problem with a list is that the programs vary widely between states and 
> even jurisdictions. A list that explains what to look for and how the 
> programs may work — their variations — would be helpful.
> Particularly definitions, for example, the difference between “affordable” 
> and “low income.”
> Sharon
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> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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