About Cohousing and other Resources
Cohousing is a type of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods. Cohousing residents are consciously committed to living as a community. The physical design encourages both social contact and individual space. Private homes contain all the features of conventional homes, but residents also have access to extensive common facilities such as open space, courtyards, a playground and a common house.
What are the 6 Defining Characteristics of Cohousing?
While these characteristics aren’t always true of all cohousing, together they serve to distinguish cohousing from other types of collaborative housing:
- Participatory process.
- Neighborhood design.
- Common facilities.
- Resident management.
- Non-hierarchical structure and decision-making.
- No shared community economy.
This is from Cohousing Association of US website where you can read the complete article: Six Defining Characteristics of Cohousing
Other Cohousing Resources
- For more, read Cohousing Association of US’s FAQ at www.cohousing.org.
- There’s a wealth of information on the national website including a directory of CoHousing in the United States.
- Who are cohousers anyway?
- The Northwest Intentional Communities Association (NICA) was formed in 1992 with active involvement from Songaia members. This group helps pull together many different Northwest intentional communities and is a great resource for communities and people who seek community life.
- The Fellowship for Intentional Communities (FIC) nurtures connections and cooperation among communitarian and their friends. The FIC is best known as the publisher of the Communities Directory and Communities Magazine.
- Great Cohousing InfoGraphic from a UK insurance company.
Other CoHousing in our area
- Duwamish Cohousing
- Jackson Place Cohousing
- Puget Ridge Cohousing
- Songaia Cohousing Community
- Vashon Cohousing
- Winslow Cohousing Group
Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities by Diana Leafe Christian. An excellent source for community stories and recommendations about what works and does not work when building community CoHousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves by Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett, with Ellen Hertzman, 2nd edition. An inspiring and informative description of how cohousing communities were created and how they are working. A highly recommended place to start! The Cohousing Handbook: Building a Place for Community by Chris and Kelly Scott-Hanson, revised edition. A nuts and bolts guide to developing your community. Tree Bressen’s extenstive book list What is Intentional Community?