Other Cohousing Resources

Recommended Reading

Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities

Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities is an in-depth exploration of a uniquely rewarding type of housing which is perfect for anyone who values their independence but longs for more connection with those around them. Written by the award-winning team that wrote the original "cohousing bible" and first brought cohousing to North America, this fully-illustrated manual combines nuts-and-bolts practical considerations and design ideas with extensive case studies of dozens of diverse communities in Europe and North America.

Senior Cohousing

Senior Cohousing is a comprehensive guide to joining or creating a cohousing project, written by the U.S. leader in the field. The author deals with all the psychological and logistical aspects of senior cohousing, and addresses common concerns, fears, and misunderstandings. He emphasizes the many positive benefits of cohousing, including:

  • Better physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health

  • Friendships and accessible social contact

  • Safety and security

  • Affordability

  • Shared resources.

The Cohousing Handbook: Building a Place for Community

As pioneers in the development of cohousing in North America, Chris and Kelly ScottHanson offer individuals and new groups a wealth of information and practical hints on how the process work. The handbook covers every element that goes into the creation of a cohousing project, including group processes, land acquisition, finance and budgets, construction, development professionals, design consideration, permits, approvals and membership.

Creating a Life Together

Creating a Life Together provides step-by-step, "how-to" information on launching and sustaining a successful intentional community. Through anecdotes, stories, and cautionary tales about real communities the book examines "the successful 10 percent" and why 90 percent fail; the role of community founders; getting a group off to a good start; vision and vision documents; decision-making and governance; agreements; legal options; finding, financing, and developing land; selecting new members; and communication, process, and dealing well with conflict. Sample vision documents, community agreements, and visioning exercises are included.

Associations

The Canadian Cohousing Network

www.cohousing.ca

The CCN is a registered non-profit organization that promotes the creation of cohousing communities as a model for sustainable development. They raise public awareness about cohousing and help to bring people together to form communities. The most valuable function of the CCN is making connections with people who are interested in living in a cohousing community. CCN links individuals and cohousing groups together to share resources and make the process of creating a community easier and more economical.

 

The Cohousing Association (United States)

www.cohousing.org

The Cohousing Association of the United States is a national nonprofit supporting cohousing communities in changing our world. Spreading the word about cohousing shifts the culture toward a new American dream where every home is surrounded by caring, collaborative neighbors who use fewer of the earth’s resources while living an abundant life.

Fellowship for Intentional Community

www.ic.org

Thousands of communities are modeling solutions for social connection, environmental responsibility, and economic equality. We support the development of intentional communities as pathways towards a more sustainable and just world. You can find the resources you need to start your community journey on their site – books, articles, videos, and more.

Cohousing in the Media

The Sunday Edition

www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition

In 2015, documentary producer Karin Wells went to Vancouver Island to meet a group of seniors on the verge of moving into a new development called Harbourside Cohousing in Sooke, B.C. Three years later, she went back to Harbourside to check up on the residents.

Building Community with Cohousing

www.youtube.com

Film makers Dany Gagnon and Regan Payne interview cohousing residents from British Columbia communites WindSong Cohousing, Cranberry Commons, and Roberts Creek Cohousing.

 

 

PBS NewsHour: Balancing privacy and community with design in cohousing

www.youtube.com

Cooperative living arrangements have existed across a number of cultures for centuries. But the concept took a new form in Denmark in the early 1970s.

New York Times: Modern Housing With Village Virtues

www.nytimes.com

It's getting harder for American working families to get ahead. They're struggling with an increasing number of challenges, but what if there was a potential salve to all of these struggles? One that was introduced to Americans 25 years ago, but hasn’t yet gone to scale?

TED Talk: How cohousing can make us happier (and live longer)

www.youtube.com

Loneliness doesn't always stem from being alone. For architect Grace Kim, loneliness is a function of how socially connected we feel to the people around us - and it's often the result of the homes we live in.

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