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About Cohousing-L

Cohousing is housing designed to foster community and cooperation while preserving
independence. About 30 private residences are clustered near shared facilities.
The members design and manage all aspects of their community.

Cohousing-L is a discussion about all aspects of cohousing - development and joys and challenges of living in cohousing. Cohousing-L is independent of but cooperates with The Cohousing Association of the United States (Coho/US). Cohousing-L has about 1100 active subscribers (Oct 2019) and distributed an average of about 80 messages per month in 2019. It is conducted by email - a "mailing list" or "listserv". See About mailing lists

Cohousing-L References page: List history, list FAQs and links to some files and web pages mentioned in the discussion.

To see the collection of the over 44,000 postings (Oct 2019) since the list started in 1993 visit, Cohousing-L Messages (archives). The Index Pages are by default chronological with most recent on top. Unfortunately getting to an Index Page of a given time in the last 26 years is awkward, the Date Index helps.

Searching the archives.
Each index page of the archives has a form at the top to enter a search string. There is a
link to Search Tips at the bottom of every search results page.

Cohousing-L is managed by Fred H. Olson and Neil Planchon of the management team and can be reached by email at:     cohousing-l-owner at

More about Cohousing:
o The Cohousing Association of the United States (Coho/US) website (
o Stories about life in cohousing from Cohousing-L postings

Using Cohousing-L
To post a message to all the list members, send email to cohousing-L at
Note that Cohousing-L is a public list and the archives are public and searchable; consider this when composing posts.

Sometimes Cohousing-L discussions result in a lot of email (to see how much, browse the archives - link above). Some people find this overwhelming and prefer digest mode -- one message per day that sends all of the day's messages in one email. But digest mode complicates replying to messages. Choose your preference when you subscribe below. Over half of subscribers are in digest mode. The one message per week summary list is defunct.

To subscribe to the Cohousing-L discussion, change your existing subscription, or get your password (needed to make changes) emailed to you, see the sections below.

Subscribing to Cohousing-L

Note that the Coho/US sends email separately from Cohousing-L Use totally separate subscription page: Coho/US twice-monthly eNewsletter

Subscribe to Cohousing-L by filling out the following form. To prevent others from subscribing you without your permission, you will be sent an e-mail message asking you to verify your subscription. This is a hidden list, which means that the list of members is available only to the list administrator.

Note Gmail's "new" user interface (2013) can be the source of problems subscribing, see: FAQ17

    Your email address:  
    Real name/Geo-code/Comm-code*:

    * This information will not be public but can help us assess list coverage and with maintenance.
    Geo-code: two character country code       plus
    If USA or Canada:/ State or Province code/Zip Code plus
    Comm-code: Community (or org.) initials or abbreviation.,
    Liz Stevenson /US/CA/95814/SPC      (Liz at Southside Park, Sacramento, California)
    Hans Tilstra /AU/Melbourne               (Hans with the Melbourne Cohousing Network in Australia)
    If your community is not listed in Coho/US Community List , please take steps to add it (see site).

    How would you like to receive list mail?

    Select Mail mode:
    Individual mode sends messages one at a time -- 15 in one day is not unusual on a hot topic.
    Digest mode groups individual messages into one (or a few) large digest messages per day.
    Replying to digests properly is more complicated. See Digest replies
    Please consider 'auto folders' to keep Cohousing-L individual messages in a separate folder and
    out of your inbox, especially in Gmail, Outlook. See Auto folders
           You must pick one or the other

Unsubscribing, password reminder, options

The main reason people unsubscribe is because the number of messages is more than they can handle. There are a number of ways to read cohousing-L discussion with varying amounts of email (with as little as one brief summary message per week.
For details on alternatives to just unsubscribing, see Too much Cohousing-L email? Note that summary list is no longer available.

To unsubscribe from Cohousing-L, get a password reminder, or change your subscription options, enter your subscription e-mail address:

If the address you enter above is not subscribed to cohousing-L, you will not get reminders or notices tho the following "Options" page will say it has sent a reminder! Are you subscribed at a different address? If you have difficulty after trying to use forms, send email to list managers, Fred H. Olson and Neil Planchon of the management team at:
cohousing-l-owner at

(Note: please no longer send cohousing-L related requests direct to Fred.)

(The subscribers list is only available to the list administrator.)

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