Re: How Cohousing communities decide on new members
From: R Philip Dowds (rphilipdowdsme.com)
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2021 16:22:53 -0700 (PDT)
I am thinking that my upstairs neighbor Bob and I are actually pretty much on 
the same page.  Whether you are forming a club with nothing to sell, or selling 
a housing product you’ve successfully created, nothing prevents you from 
limiting membership or sales to people who can play the banjo.

Thanks,
RPD

> On Apr 15, 2021, at 2:55 PM, Bob Leigh <bobleigh [at] twomeeps.com> wrote:
> 
> Hi Jim,
> 
> And here is a contrary view out of the history of Cornerstone Cohousing
> (where Phil Dowds also lives!).
> 
> You mentioned that your group is "confident about our construction loan".
> It sounds as if, right now, you are _not_ selling housing but the
> opportunity to join a membership group which is acting as a real estate
> developer of sorts.  Get a legal opinion on whether or not you're subject
> to fair housing laws now, and also when you might become subject to them.
> 
> Certainly, when units are being REsold, fair housing laws will apply.
> 
> Bob Leigh
> Cornerstone Village Cohousing
> Cambridge, MA
> 
> 
> 
> On Thu, Apr 15, 2021 at 1:06 PM Sharon Villines via Cohousing-L <
> cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> wrote:
> 
>>> On Apr 14, 2021, at 1:16 PM, Ann Zabaldo <zabaldo [at] earthlink.net> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Regardless of FH laws I would be skeptical of trying to social engineer
>> diversity.
>> 
>> Adding to what Ann said, remember that most members will come from friends
>> and friends of friends, or similar organizations — Unitarian Church, home
>> schooling groups, coop bulletin boards. So one key is to diversify your
>> friends and memberships.
>> 
>> I’ve been reading a number of books on anti-racism so I can’t remember
>> which book this example came from but I think it is a good one. Find an
>> ambassador — a person who is a friend or a friend of a friend who is also a
>> member of an organization whose members you would like to invite to join
>> you. Have the ambassador introduce you at the next meeting or cocktail
>> party and do an orientation.
>> 
>> Sharon
>> ———
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>> http://affordablecohousing.com
>> affordablecohousing [at] groups.io
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