Re: Affordable Cohousing
From: Chris Hansen (itschrishansengmail.com)
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2021 13:57:06 -0700 (PDT)
Would love to see your 'goodness of fit' document!
With thanks...

On Mon, 19 Apr 2021 at 16:54, Diana Stanley <lusty [at] lusty.org> wrote:

> Diana,
>
> The part of what Zev wrote that we are interested in is this:
>
> >> goodness of fit questionnaire, attend an open house, a meal and a
> business
> >> meeting so we can meet them and they can see what we are all about.
>
> As I stated before, we have no interest in denying anyone, and we never
> have denied anyone. Our "goodness of fit questionnaire" is more like a
> "no-surprises checklist", and all the rest are just so the person can meet
> others in the community and find out what co-housing is all about. And we
> will not be writing anything into our governing documents without first
> getting approval from a real estate attorney who is knowledgeable about
> what we can and cannot ask prospective buyers to do.
>
> Thanks,
> Diana
> Phoenix Commons, Oakland, CA
>
> > On Apr 19, 2021, at 1:43 PM, Diana Carroll <dianaecarroll [at] gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > Diana: What Zev describes is *extremely unusual *and would generally be
> > illegal. There must be some legal loophole or workaround here related to
> > the city's affordability program that allows them to screen potential
> > buyers that way. Even if there is some loophole that allows this not be
> be
> > a violation of the equal housing laws, I would not suggest doing this --
> > for me, on principle, this is a bad thing. Once you start evaluating
> people
> > for "fit", you are introducing the sort of subjective judgements that
> lead
> > to racism, ableism, etc.  As much as in your heart you may not want to do
> > this, or be that person, unconscious bias is a thing. I'm honestly
> shocked
> > to hear cohousing doing this or endorsing it. :(
> >
> > diana Carroll
> > Mosaic Commons, central MA
> >
> >
> >
> > On Mon, Apr 19, 2021 at 4:09 PM Diana Stanley <lusty [at] lusty.org> wrote:
> >
> >> Zev,
> >>
> >> Is this process written into your governing documents? Was it vetted by
> a
> >> real estate attorney? Would you be willing to share the parts of your
> >> governing documents that outline this process? Does it only apply
> because
> >> the applicants are buying below-market-rate properties?
> >>
> >> My community is currently struggling with what sort of processes we can
> >> write into our governing documents to achieve exactly the process you
> >> describe for prospective new members of the community. We don't actually
> >> deny anyone, however we want to require all of them to go through all
> the
> >> steps you describe, so they and we are certain they know what they're
> >> buying into.
> >>
> >> Thanks,
> >> Diana
> >> Phoenix Commons, Oakland, CA
> >>
> >>> On Apr 19, 2021, at 11:11 AM, Zev Paiss <zevpaiss [at] gmail.com> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> Dear Ann,
> >>>
> >>> Buyers pre-qualify with the City affordable housing program and get
> >> pre-approved by a lender as part of that process.
> >>>
> >>> Before COVID our community required that all applicants complete a
> >> goodness of fit questionnaire, attend an open house, a meal and a
> business
> >> meeting so we can meet them and they can see what we are all about. A
> small
> >> committee of 4-6 people whittle down the pool of qualified applicants
> to a
> >> small handful and then pass them along to the seller to make the final
> >> decision.
> >>>
> >>> Zev Paiss
> >>> Nomad Community Room Coordinator
> >>> 1410 Quince Avenue, Boulder CO 80304
> >>> 720-925-5161
> >>>
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