Re: To HIre or Not to Hire a Cohousing Consultant?
From: Pat McAulay (
Date: Wed, 29 May 2019 22:44:05 -0700 (PDT)
Pardon my coming to the party late; recent cataract surgeries made laptop work 
first impossible and then just difficult, but all better now!
I wanted to respond to Frances because we feel so strongly in favor of 
involving a consultant. In 2014, my wife and I thought we wanted to start a 
cohousing community, but we had no idea how to make it happen. 
While attending the regional cohousing conference in Boulder that fall, we had 
"between the sessions" conversations with three separate forming communities 
who each described to us a lengthy languishing process (up to 8 years) at last 
resolved by bringing in cohousing professionals. With those strong 
endorsements, we resolved to skip the languishing part and jump right in with a 
consultant from the beginning. 
Luckily, we met up with Katie McCamant of CoHousing Solutions at the national 
conference the following spring. We had barely begun speaking with people about 
our plans, and we hadn't found our land yet. Katie set us on the path to bring 
our project together and has guided us through the process ever since. We're 
now happily building, having just closed on our construction loan, and we're 
looking at move-in next spring! 
I strongly recommend that you involve a professional with experience in 
creating successful cohousing communities, and, of course, I can't say enough 
good about working with Katie! She's at this weekend's huge cohousing 
conference in Portland, so you might be able to snag some time with her there. 
Pat McAulayVillage Hearth CohousingDurham, NC
A 55+ intentional community for LGBTs, straight friends and allies

>>> On Apr 21, 2019, at 3:02 PM, frances woolison <franceswoolison [at] 
>>>> wrote:
>>> Our group has been busy, mostly working on marketing and recruiting new 
>>> members.  After a year of limited success, we feel like we?re going in 
>>> circles. How do we know what this project will cost? When should we 
>>> incorporate? How do we keep the interest of individuals who come to our 
>>> information sessions, and those who become associates?  How and when do we 
>>> set up equity memberships?  And the big question, should we hire a 
>>> cohousing consultant?  


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