|Re: rental cohousing?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Richart Keller (richart.kellergmail.com)|
|Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 09:03:46 -0800 (PST)|
Hi I agree that CohoUS should not try to become one. Actually, I was responding to the suggestion that a new non-profit be set up to be an intermediary. I think although the existing affordable housing intermediaries have a considerable amount of useful experience and resources and that there is significant useful overlap, there are substantial differences between their basic assumptions and approaches and some of the approaches that cohousing communities taken, Rick Richart Keller, AICP 120 Pulpit Hill Road #25 Amherst, MA 01002 413-835-0011 401 486-2677 (cell) -----Original Message----- From: Jessie Kome [mailto:jehako [at] mac.com] Sent: Sunday, February 06, 2011 11:49 AM To: Cohousing-L Subject: Re: [C-L]_ rental cohousing? Hi- > > On 6 Feb 2011, at 12:00 AM, Richart Keller wrote: > >> Great idea! Would just modify it a little: the national organization >> would be there to support local efforts (sort of like LISC or the >> Enterprise >> Foundation) so that the housing would be locally owned but the technical >> support for organizatonal development would come from the national >> organization (including peer matching), the advocacy from the national and >> state/regional branches, and the funding from a mix of national, state and >> local businesses, government, and foundations. This approach would evolve >> to match the different functions with the most appropriate, responsive, >> effective, and efficient level. > I am not so sure that CohoUS should try to become a national affordable housing intermediary on the order of a LISC or Enterprise. But I think cohousers can do a better job of reaching out to them and other existing affordable housing intermediaries. They raise funds from the private sector and government and grant or loan them, with technical assistance, to smaller national organizations like CohoUS and to local nonprofits such as community development corporations that are trying to get projects off the ground. The intermediaries also help create partnerships with states and local governments to help smooth the approval path and secure additional subsidy financing. Finally, they know more than a little about securing private market financing and forming partnerships with private businesses. Just before the recession, I think I heard in a conference that Enterprise had originated about $1 billion (USD) in deals during the previous year. If you have an interest in some of the approaches communities are taking to stabilize neighborhoods, take a look at http://www.hud.gov/nspta and be sure to look at the learning center and the toolkits. Some of the material relates to a specific government program, but much of it is generic approaches and documents that can be adapted to the specific facts of a particular project. Many of the items are branded with logos to indicate the organization that contributed them. For example, the rehabilitation guides (which include a lot of info on green/sustainable practices) were contributed by Enterprise. -Jessie Handforth Kome Eastern Village Cohousing Silver Spring, MD "Where the Community Life committee is re-forming today!" _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/
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- Re: rental cohousing? joyce thorn, February 4 2011
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