Re: Sustainable Cohousing
From: Ron Ingram (
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:43:50 -0800 (PST)

Wow that was a quick turn around! Thanks for taking lead on this. And it's
a heart warming thing you are doing knitting for baby animals and also
probably therapeutic for you.

How can I best contribute to this right now? I have never been part of this
before but Im sure I have value to add.

Nice start to the website!


On Fri, Jan 10, 2020, 12:46 PM Sharon Villines via Cohousing-L <
cohousing-l [at]> wrote:

> 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.
> On low-income housing, I’ve gotten as far as setting up an email
> discussion list and a website.
> sustainablecohousing [at]
> 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 [at]
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