Re: Re: Supporting forming communities & national policies/structures
From: Fred H Olson (
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2003 17:13:17 -0700 (MST)
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The national organization is supporting new communities specifically in a 
way that will help these two "dead zones".  We, Kraus-Fitch Architects, 
have been asked to lead tours of existing cohousing communities in the 
NE.  The first will be in April, and we have begun the planning.  Tours 
have been happening regularly now in California with a lot of success and 

We are looking for folks to help us in the marketing area.  If you are a 
new group in the NE looking to expand membership, these tours can help you 
get members, and educate them.  Let us know if you can help us get the word 
out this winter about the tour in the Spring.

Thanks, Laura Fitch

Laura E. Fitch, AIA
Kraus-Fitch Architects, Inc.
110 Pulpit Hill Rd.
Amherst, MA  o1002

413-549-7918 (fax)


At 01:18 PM 11/5/03, you wrote:

>   On 11/4/03, Tom Hammer <thammer302 [at]> wrote:
> >Here in the middle of the East Coast [near where PA, MD, and DE come
> >together} is a vast wasteland of no cohousing.  We're just an example
> >one of many such areas in the country.
> >Wouldn't it make more sense if money and effort flowed the other
> >from formed communities into specific areas of the country with no
> >cohousing?
>   Yes, it would.
>   I am close to another "dead zone" for cohousing. In NH and Maine, with
>combined population of 2.5 million, there is one established cohousing
>(Two Echo) and, according to the directory on, no
>   However, I don't think this flow of money and effort can occur without
>the national organization (CohoUS) being involved.
> >Now, I know you some are saying, "but..."  and "but..." including, "but
> >would cost the National money it doesn't have."  If every member of a
> >cohousing community paid $X dues to the National, or if every formed
> >community just paid the dues based on its membership, and included in
> >that $X were $ earmarked specifically to help spread cohousing around
> >the country, then it would sure help a lot.
>   As I understand it, most cohousing groups are already dues-paying
>of CohoUS. But CohoUS can't depend entirely on dues for funding.
>   We haven't heard much from CohoUS lately about what they are doing to
>promote cohousing, especially in the "dead zones" Tom mentioned. I hope
>someone from CohoUS is reading this thread and will respond. Is CohoUS
>still financially strapped, as they were a year or two ago? If they are,
>they can't
>do much to help new cohousing groups to form.
>   Strong regional umbrella groups are absolutely essential for this. I
>heard much from CohoUS lately about their helping these regional groups
>get stronger either.
>Bob Morrison
>Boxboro, MA
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