Re: cohousing equal access - equal opportunity?
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:43:44 -0800 (PST)
Hello Malcolm and all —

O good!  A chance to piggy-back!

TVC now has a Resale & Rental Pod which smoothes the way for sellers, buyers, 
would be landlords and tenants.   We have done basically the same thing you 
have done at Springhill, Malcolm.  Would love to exchange specifics w/ you 
about how your program works.

At TVC, we found there was so much information to transmit we broke it into 
chunks that are disseminated  before the sale or rental, after the sale or 
rental closes or lease is signed, 3 weeks, 2 weeks, 1 week prior to move in, 
and, finally, day of move in.  After move-in, The Orientation Pod is 
responsible for acclimating new folks to life at TVC.  New folks are assigned a 
buddy from the Orientation Pod to help them navigate the sometimes wandering 
path of living at TVC.

This process has proven very effective in helping sellers and landlords 
traverse an intense transition, making new folks feel welcomed, bringing 
donations of over $19k from three resales into the community while saving each 
homeowner an average of $20k. And … unexpectedly and gratefully … 
reinvigorating our workshare program.

I will be presenting on Takoma Village Cohousing’s resale and rental program at 
the upcoming CohoUS conference end of May.  (Please note segue into shameless 
marketing for the conference…) I invite you to attend my session and learn how 
we have managed to weave all this together.  It’s been truly effective in 
bringing vim, vigor and stability to our community.

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church, VA

On Feb 17, 2015, at 6:12 AM, Malcolm Eva <malcolm [at]> 

> At Springhill, in the UK, we have a welcomer for every newcomer, and also a 
> welcoming booklet explaining how everything works, e.g. When is rubbish and 
> recycling collected, how the cooking rota, lockup rota, lawn mowing rota and 
> Workdays all work.  Issues such as parking, fees, residents' meetings, 
> conflict resolution are all covered, and their welcomer acts as a buddy 
> during the settling in period and can be consulted on any aspect that is 
> puzzling or worrying.  
> By and large it works, and does help to pre-empt the sorts of problems 
> described on this thread.
> Malcolm
> Sent from my iPad
> If reply needed, please address to malcolm [at]
>> On 16 Feb 2015, at 23:19, Sharon Villines <sharon [at]> 
>> wrote:
>>> On Feb 16, 2015, at 6:02 PM, R Philip Dowds <rpdowds [at]> 
>>> wrote:
>>> And right there, that’s the problem:  The realtor (or the community, or the 
>>> deed, or the membership manual) should have been more clear about what does 
>>> or does not come with a unit.
>> The deed only tells them what they are purchasing, not what other people 
>> purchased or have assigned to their units. 
>> Sharon
>> ----
>> Sharon Villines
>> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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