Re: Last Chance to Register - Cohousing Affordability
From: Barbara Smith (
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2021 06:03:20 -0700 (PDT)
    On Friday, October 22, 2021, 03:23:46 PM EDT, Sarah Lesher <sarah.lesher 
[at]> wrote:  
 Barbara --

I've been in contact with Hager Homestead within the last week.  I am very
glad you are offering affordable spaces.

My issue was not affordability but my two large dogs, who have been
luxuriating their whole lives in a 6000 sq ft forested yard with trees,
nuts, and squirrels and a direct path into a 20 mile long forested riverbed

I finally found (or rediscovered) Cantine's Island in Saugerties, NY, where
I can have a very small fenced backyard with a view over a cliff of trees
and squirrels.  And by taking a path to the land below the cliff there is a
3 acre off-leash dog park where they can chase squirrels and go swimming
with a harbor seal in an estuary of the Hudson River.

Hard to beat that.

Except that no one wrote an "aggressive dog" clause into the pet policy,
and that, alas, is a nontrivial issue.

Thanks for thinking of me!


On Fri, Oct 22, 2021 at 2:57 PM Barbara Smith via Cohousing-L <
cohousing-l [at]> wrote:

>  I don't know if anyone has contacted you from Hager Homestead, now ready
> to break ground in Littleton, MA. The local planning board required us to
> make 40% of our units affordable (at various levels, from 60% of HUD's
> Average Mean Income for the region to 150% of AMI.) We had  wanted some
> affordable units but the 40% exceeded anything in Massachusetts that was
> built without subsidies from the state or federal government. So the
> homeowners footed the bill. It has been a wrenching process...which is why
> I'm not sure I recommend it as an example for your event. The cost of the
> units is just crushing. Anyway -- we are providing affordable units, but
> I'm not sure I could recommend it.Have a good event tomorrowBarbara
>    On Friday, October 22, 2021, 11:23:43 AM EDT, Laurie Lauer <
> lauriecohous [at]> wrote:
>  Last chance to register. Don't miss Cohousing Affordability this
> Saturday. Get your registration in now to assure your spot and connect with
> us.
> <
> Note: CohoUS partners need not register. Contact your community contact
> person to set up your partner user account.
> We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!
> Laurie Lauer
> Office Admin / Outreach
> <>
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