Re: Writing back to NPR “1A” about cohousing
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Sun, 1 Sep 2019 12:08:52 -0700 (PDT)
> On Sep 1, 2019, at 11:54 AM, Lynne MARKELL <lmarkell [at]> wrote:

> 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. 

An additional problem for cohousing is that some states have rules that prevent 
a household from being certified eligible for affordable housing except when 
considering a specific already built home that qualifies. This is impossible 
when people want to develop the community together never knowing if there is 
any chance of them living there.

And when organizing groups try to explain this, they sound like they don’t want 
regular people or running a shady operation. 

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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