Re: Mini-Cohousing
From: Fred H Olson (
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2009 04:14:05 -0700 (PDT)
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I have been reading most of the posts on this subject and would like to
chime in.  During the course of my recent research project in the area of
shared housing among older adults I discovered a wonderful book
entitled:  "The Sharing Solution How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life,
and Build Community" by Janelle Orsi and Emily Doskow.  This book
includes chapters addressing the legal aspects of shared housing.

Secondly,  articles on this subject have appeared in mainstream publications:

Women Turn to Alternative Housing to Meet Retirement Needs -- by Lisa
Scherzer in SmartMoney September 21, 2007

Meet the Real Golden Girls by Mary Beth Franklin, Senior Editor for
Kiplinger May 2007

This is definitely a hot housing trend that will have folks taking notice.

Former Trillium Hollow Cohousing resident, currently living in a house
share arrangement in Portland Oregon

--- On Wed, 7/29/09, Sharon Villines <sharon [at]> wrote:

From: Sharon Villines <sharon [at]>
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Mini-Cohousing
To: "Cohousing-L" <cohousing-l [at]>
Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2009, 12:28 PM

> Alex Kent <alex.m.kent [at]>
> But I'm still unsure of the best way to get the word out.  Pioneer 
> Valley Cohousing started with one of the founding member's placing an ad
> in  the local papers in 1989.  We'll continue to put up flyers.  Any
> other  ideas?

The standard responses remain: flyers, flyers, flyers. In Unitarian 
churches, Ethical Culture, possibly Quaker. Chiropractor's offices, 
food coops, coffees shops. Perhaps coop nursery schools and day care 

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