|Sustainable Cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2020 12:46:00 -0800 (PST)|
I haven’t disappeared but need to take a few days off to clear my brain a bit. I’m knitting for the rescued animal babies in Australia. A very nice break. This site has all the information if you are so inclined. They don’t need Koala mittens but still need bat wraps and Joey pouches. https://www.facebook.com/groups/arfsncrafts/ On low-income housing, I’ve gotten as far as setting up an email discussion list and a website. sustainablecohousing [at] groups.io https://sustainablecohousing.org There are sign up forms on the website for the discussion group and to be notified about website updates — and not much else. I’ve been working on the design. The nav menu gives you and idea of what I’m thinking. Info on construction techniques. Pages on developing communities. Personal stories. Housing statistics — in history and around the world which can be very enlightening and mind-changing. There is no intention of diluting the conversation on Cohousing-L. A website provides a place to store information and a discussion list gives people with the same goal, a place to find each other and share ideas. It focuses the topic. Just like Cohousing-L focuses on cohousing. I would like the focus to be strictly in the range of trying to develop ownership models at 50% of the median house price in the area. Not on permanently subsidized housing. And not drifting up to "well, we tried but …" It’s part of my conviction that you can’t do more than one thing at a time. Building market rate housing is not the same as changing concepts of “necessary” in order to address low-income and young people’s needs, and saying no to expensive add-ons that creep in. One reason I would like to avoid the subsidized housing direction was expressed in an article about Ashton Hayes, a small village in Cheshire, that decided to go carbon neutral on their own. They did have expert advice from a scientist at a local college and he measured and documented their progress. They said they never asked the government nor any public agency for support because it would dilute their focus. It would bring other egos into the project — publicity as well. Too much energy would be spent on government regulations and pleading, and not on just getting down to work. A website as a guide to government subsidies and other federally financed schemes would be helpful but it would be deadly boring to assemble and would take a staff of 500 to keep up to date. And resources like lawyers to fight discriminatory programs. We could easily go off to the moon with no housing ever getting built in our generation. Do sign up for the lists so you can keep up to date. I'll put up an introduce yourself page soon. In the meantime, think knitted baby bird nests. Sharon —— Sharon Villines sustainablecohousing.org sustainablecohousing [at] groups.io
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