|Re: Attracting younger families||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Fri, 15 May 2020 13:23:42 -0700 (PDT)|
> On May 5, 2020, at 9:08 AM, Fred-List manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> > wrote: > > Abe Ross <cohoyote [at] gmail.com> > > In reviewing the archives I see that several cohousing projects have > encountered difficulties attracting younger families.  I also see that > the suggestions which have been made are anecdotal. Has anyone asked young > families who have joined cohousing communities what it is which attracted > them to cohousing? From past discussions: 1. Plan to install an indoor and out door play area from the beginning. Put it in the budget and on the plans so caregivers know you are serious. “Building it later” is a “will not happen” message. You will probably not have enough money later - or at least for a good number of years. Rob Sandland liked to tell the story of his community. They had a huge pile of dirt from constructon and planned to haul it away. The kids had so much fun playing on it that it became a play area. 2. Realize the households with young children can’t attend evening meetings. They might not have dinner until 6-7 (or even later) and then need to get children in bed and ready for work the next day. Keep in touch. They will show up when things are firm. Their lives are too much up in the air to sign on to a risky project. 3. Of all the groups I’ve been in, not just cohousing, 4:00 on Sunday has been the best time for meetings. Unless you are Mormon, which means Saturday is the best day, unless you are also Jewish. Sharon ——— Sharon Villines http://sustainablecohousing.org sustainablecohousing [at] groups.io To subscribe: sustainablecohousing+subscribe [at] groups.io
- Attracting younger families Fred-List manager, May 5 2020
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