“Celebrating the exciting things that are happening in our lives and banding together when there are hard times.” That’s what residents of a new cohousing community in Virginia are looking forward to.
After four years of planning, Harrisonburg Cohousing unveiled their site Saturday and hope to break ground by the end of 2019. Congratulations!
Time magazine has discovered cohousing:
“We evolved to depend on our social connections,” says Dr. Vivek Murthy, former U.S. Surgeon General. “Over thousands of years, this got baked into our nervous systems — so much so that if we are feeling socially disconnected, that places us in a physiologic stress state.”
Read more here:
Everyone Needs Someone Else
Why Americans of all ages are coming together in ‘intentional communities’
The New York Office of Aging has published a Livable New York Resource Manual, which includes an overview of cohousing that will be useful to folks of all ages:
Cohousing Overview (300kb PDF file)
The Livable New York Resource Manual is available in full here:
Livable New York Resource Manual
From time to time, we talk about moving to a “dynamic governance” or “sociocracy” model of organization and decision-making (from our current mode, which is modified consensus.) There’s an interesting conversation about sociocracy in cohousing, and other topics in this online radio conversation with members of Rocky Corner, which will be Connecticut’s first cohousing community:
“Collective ownership allows communities a quality of life, material and otherwise, that’s hard for members to achieve apart.” So says the author of a new essay examining various forms of collective living, including cohousing:
No Fences Make the Best Neighbors: Collective Home Ownership, Kibbutz to Cohousing by Bonnie Johnson
Published October 25, 2017 in the Los Angeles Review of Books
We hope to decide on a site for our community within the coming months. Currently we are actively considering two possibilities, one in Brighton and one downtown. Both have pros and cons. The Brighton site would be a new build; the city site is an existing building which we hope to tour soon.
After three years of planning and working together, 28 households began moving into their senior cohousing community in October, located in Port Townsend, WA.
Persistence pays off!