|Neighbors who are gone a lot||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Bonnie Ferguson (fergyb2yahoo.com)|
|Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:05:26 -0700 (PDT)|
We have some neighbors who travel a lot but they all contribute to the Community when here so it doesn't feel burdensome. Also sometimes absent neighbors allow residents' guests to use their homes/ parking places while they are gone so we get additional guest rooms out of the deal. We consciously try to ensure that there is a lot of redundancy in who knows how to do what so we are not bereft of Community skills when folks are out of town. And lastly we have a lockbox which contains keys to all our homes so any of us can get into an absent resident's place in case of need. This is useful even for when folks are just at work, in case of plumbing disaster for instance which happened once. I think the snowbird phenomena could work in cohousing with advanced thoughtful agreements about these issues. It is very nice to feel secure when you are out of town about your neighbors looking out for your place, watering your plants, taking in your mail and feeding, and walking your pets. And as long as it's an exchange of favors it works. Bonnie Fergusson Swans Market Cohousing Oakland, CA Sent from my iPhone
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