Re: Affordable (Co)housing
From: Hafidha Sofia (
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2021 16:26:49 -0700 (PDT)
> But if you left, you took nothing with you. They had invested a lot of time 
> and energy to something they just walked out of.

It’s not a bug, it’s a feature. I have been a renter all but a few years of my 
life. I have never needed to walk away with more cash than I came in with to 
make a house a home.  The benefits of living in a close knit community and 
having a shared vision and caring neighbors are hard to put a price on.

For me the spirit of cohousing is inherently counter cultural; otherwise the 
result is cohousing communities that are actually gated communities.

Songaia Cohousing
Washington State, USA

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> On Apr 19, 2021, at 3:56 PM, Sharon Villines via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l 
> [at]> wrote:
>>> On Apr 19, 2021, at 2:15 PM, Zev Paiss <zevpaiss [at]> wrote:
>> There is zero “compensation” for owning a permanently affordable home except 
>> that they can afford to purchase it in the first place. The only controls 
>> the selling price and the income of buyers.
> But it sounds like they are not owners. If they can’t sell at the price that 
> is considered “affordable” at the time they sell, there is little advantage 
> over renting, except that they can live in your community. Aside from the 
> downpayment (which is a big thing) could they afford to live there otherwise 
> and carry a  mortgage?
> An example of the problem in terms of life planning is a household that moved 
> here from California. They had for 10-20 years lived in a community that was 
> jointly owned. Everyone had worked to rehab a set of houses forming a 
> community.
> Is that a good model? Is it sustainable?
> Sharon
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