|Senior coops [was: Re: Orientation/Owners manuals||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2020 09:01:27 -0700 (PDT)|
I would restate Vicki's question (below) as: Are there other people on Cohousing-L who are residents of a Senior Coop? I would not describe the Senior Coops that I am familiar with as cohousing tho there are similarities. IMHO they have lower level of communitas ** than cohousing. We do not live in a Senior Coop tho we have been on the waiting list for one for over a year but so far we declined to buy an available share (unit). There have been quite a few shares available at this coop implying a significant turnover of residents in this coop - others have long waiting lists. We are waiting to see if Cedar Cohousing (https://www.cedarcohousing.llc/) gets built in a location I find acceptable. I'd also be reluctant to move away from the neighborhood we've lived in for over 40 years. Senior coops have common facilities typically including dining facilities, lounges, libraries etc but less frequent community meals, less community involvement in community operation (professional management), developed with little involvement of future residents. They are typically developed by developers who special in coops. Unlike Vicki's I think most Senior Coops have signifcantly more units / residents which make higher levels of communitas ** more difficult. Curiously of the 130 or so established coops (more are being developed) about 80 are in Minnesota. See my page about the Senior coop directory at http://l.cohousing.org/senior-coops.htm . As I understand it, the reason Senior coops are concentrated in MN is that some coop activists here learned of a provision in federal law that provides special financing (longer term loans) for such coops and promoted the idea here. Also unlike Vickie's some Senior coops are limited equity rather than market rate which means that when people buy a share (which roughly corresponds to buying a unit) they agree to sell it for what they paid plus a modest increase for inflation and improvements. This promotes long term affordability. This is similar to the land trust model. ** What was that word? "Communitas." Communitas is a fancy social science way of saying "spirit of community." And in visiting over 80 different communities, my measure of communitas became: How frequently did residents eat together? While it's completely up to each group how frequently they have common meals, I know some that have eaten together every single night for the past 40 years. I know others that have an occasional potluck once or twice a month. And from my observations, I can tell you, those that eat together more frequently, exhibit higher levels of communitas. It turns out, when you eat together, you start planning more activities together. When you eat together, you share more things. You start to watch each other's kids. You lend our your power tools. You borrow each other's cars. >From Grace Kim in https://www.ted.com/talks/grace_kim_how_cohousing_can_make_us_happier_and _live_longer/transcript Vicki Rittner (vickirittner [at] gmail.com) wrote: >Are there other members of this group who own and live in a unit in a >market-rate, age-restricted residential cooperative? I began to investigate >co-housing in early 2016, and a few months later discovered a "just >announced" project of 52 apartment-style homes, in a 3-story building with >underground climate-controlled parking. I signed up and purchased my >"share" a year before ground-breaking, and the building opened in March >2019. Owners are not required to do anything to support the community, and >we have an elected board of directors and a professional management >company. > >Does that meet your definition or understanding of co-housing? > >Vicki >Village Cooperative of Fort Collins (Colorado) Fred -- Fred H. Olson Minneapolis,MN 55411 USA (near north Mpls) Email: fholson at cohousing.org 612-588-9532 My Link Pg: http://fholson.cohousing.org
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