Re: How Cohousing communities decide on new members
From: Bob Leigh (
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2021 11:56:22 -0700 (PDT)
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]> wrote:

> > On Apr 14, 2021, at 1:16 PM, Ann Zabaldo <zabaldo [at]> 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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