Re: Load balancing: we're all in this together . . .
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Wed, 9 Oct 2019 13:48:50 -0700 (PDT)
Hey Dick!

Through Mid Atlantic Cohousing in our region, we already do this informally  in 
two ways:  communities announce openings by posting to each other’s 
notification or waiting list.  And we have a regional Meet Up that each 
community can post to w/ about 1400 members (for perspective … Raines Cohen has 
a list for East Bay in CA w/ 6000 or more members … ) .

The problem w/ these methods is that there are duplicates in the various lists 
—  maybe even many duplicates from list to list.  People sign up for everything.

Wish we could have a single clean list.  We could use a mail house but that 
would mean some funding support.

Once a long time ago, Katie McCamant used to collect names for a central 
database.  As I remember, the database was turned over to what was then the 
national organization “The Cohousing Network" (a very early iteration).  
Communities could buy segments of the database for their own marketing and 
outreach purposes.  TVC bought several zip codes when we were in development.   
The problem was … lists have to be cleaned to root out duplicates and dead 
addresses.  Anyway I don’t know what happened to that database.

Be great if we could figure out a way that people could enter names into a 
database, pull zip codes or other selection criteria on their own and clean up 
entries as they are found.

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Member, Board of Directors
Mid Atlantic Cohousing
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church, VA

"Handle every situation like a dog. 
If you can’t eat it or play with it, 
Just pee on it and walk away.” –Author Unknown

> On Oct 9, 2019, at 3:53 PM, Dick Margulis <dick [at]> wrote:
> This is really directed at any community with a wait list or with available 
> units, but it's especially directed at communities in the Northeast with a 
> wait list or with available units.
> I know the website is a way for people to explore what's 
> available state by state, but maybe there's a more direct mechanism for 
> pairing up people who want to live in cohousing with available units in a 
> location acceptable to them.
> Rocky Corner, nearing completion in Bethany CT, still has a few homes 
> available (as do at least a couple of other New England communities in 
> various stages of completion). That might be a message to share with your 
> mailing list of people patiently waiting for an opening in your community. By 
> the same token, we hear from people who, for one reason or another, don't 
> feel we're a good fit for them (timing, distance, cost); but they might be 
> interested in your available unit.
> I'm wondering if there's already an exchange I'm not aware of or whether 
> there's a way to spread this kind of information without having to put a lot 
> of time and energy into it every month.
> Thoughts?
> Dick Margulis
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