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Gainesville Cohousing Breaks Ground - First in Florida

Congrats to Gainesville Cohousing, breaking ground on a community five years in the making.

Great publicity received! Click here to see local ABC news affiliate video.

GAINESVILLE, Fla - A co-housing community in Gainesville broke ground Friday afternoon, and neighbors are one step closer to moving in.

Community Co-Care Agreements

This is a compilation of posts on the coho-l email discussion list serve in late January 2017, in response to this inquiry:
Does your community have formal or informal co-care agreements about how
neighbors will support one another in their aging journey? Have you had
discussions and if so, what questions guided the conversation to help get
to practical agreements?

Thanks,
Dyan Wiley
Pioneer Valley Cohousing

Oakcreek Community - A Different Type of Senior Housing

"Having people watching out for you helps with the practical aspects of aging but the consensus government, shared work and shared spaces that are part of a place like Oakcreek Community meets important emotional and psychological needs. Having a sense of purpose and the social interaction that comes with living in community have both been shown to be vital to healthy aging..."
Click here for the full article from the Stillwater Press: "Oakcreek Community - a different type of senior housing"; Click to view Oakcreek's video for a sneak-peek at senior cohousing.

How to talk across our political divide

[This is a repost from Craig's blog on Good Group Decisions Inc. Craig also offers a Make Shift Coffee House: a forum he designed to help people understand each other. If any cohousing community would like to host such a forum, he will facilitate it for free! Contact Craig here.]

In principle, when people in a country, state, town, or family have opposing political views, it’s really hard because political views reflect our core values and our core identity. It’s hard when your sense of identity is threatened. It’s no wonder people opt out of politics or don’t like it when things get political....Yet opposing political views also reflect our diversity; that we come from different places with different experiences and different beliefs. Our diversity helps us learn new things from each other and helps us craft new solutions to our problems.

With conflict in the air, cohousing communities are poised to be shelters in the storm

[Diana Sullivan was inspired by this [click here!] one-minute video featuring our keynote speaker at the 2017 National Cohousing Conference, Sarah van Gelder of YES! Magazine.]

“We're going to need to turn to one another and not on one another”

Cohousing Kicks Butt For The Women's March on Washington

This is a re-post from MidAtlantic Cohousing; click here for all the fantastic pictures and full story!

From all over the U.S. and the world they came to DC. Singles, couples, groups. All stripes and colors. Very young and very old. Women and men. All genders. All faiths. All traditions.

They came to march.

There are many, many exciting stories out there about The March, the marchers and the message.

This is not one of those.

Grad School Essay: Cohousing Fostered Intellectual Curiosity and Prioritization of the Collective Good

Note: Jessie is sharing one of her graduate school essays, a personal reflection that profiles how cohousing affected her view of the world. I imagine that every child who grew up in cohousing has woven that experience into their college applications. Coho/US would welcome collecting and sharing these inspirations! Please contact us. This photo is of Jessie and some of the other Nevada City Cohousing kids.

Germantown Commons in Nashville Hosting the 2017 National Cohousing Conference

Germantown Commons of Nashville Tennessee is hosting the 2017 National Cohousing Conference in May. And your presence is especially requested!

The National Conference promises an exciting array of educational opportunities, networking and a fun time in Nashville. The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel will be the host location for the conference. It is minutes from the new Germantown Commons.

Rural Cohousing: Being a real neighbor in the old-time country sense

Several months ago there was a blog suggesting that “seniors” should look for cohousing communities in urban areas. While I understand the blogger’s reasons (having lived in cities, suburbs and rural areas), I’d like to offer an alternative for retirement or pre-retirement living.

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