Re: Affordable Cohousing
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2021 15:41:16 -0700 (PDT)
Diana — would you be willing to share your “no-surprises checklists?”

Thanks, all for this glimpse into how various communities deal w/ their 
community’s transition and affordability.

Best —

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Ex. Dir. & Mbr. Board of Directors
Mid Atlantic Cohousing
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church, VA

When Isaac Newton stayed home to avoid the 1665 plague, he discovered the Laws 
of Gravity, Optics, and he invented Calculus

NOTE:  I’m switching back to using zabaldo [at]  Many apologies!

> On Apr 19, 2021, at 4:53 PM, Diana Stanley <lusty [at]> 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]> 
>> 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]> 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?

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