7.6.3. Cohousing communities
Cohousing communities are a form of housing co‑operative that are designed to be ‘intentional communities’ - using shared resources on the basis of common values.
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Cohousing communities are a form of housing co‑operative that are designed to be ‘intentional communities’ (information about intentional communities). Each household has a self-contained, personal and private home but co-operative members come together to manage their community, share activities and eat together.
Facilitating the ‘intentional community’ element
To facilitate the intentional community element of cohousing communities, it is important that the community is developed at an early stage of developing a cohousing scheme. The design of the scheme is also particularly important with regards facilitating community, as is having a common house within the scheme.
Subject to funding arrangements, cohousing can provide ownership, shared ownership, mutual home ownership and rental tenures, although the model has been primarily used by people using their own equity to buy into the scheme.
Senior cohousing initiatives are particularly on the increase in the UK (either through inter-generational or similar age range schemes) given the emphasis on neighbourly and mutually supportive relationships. Cohousing can also be used as an approach to collectively buying a house or buildings together.
Examples of ‘Cohousing Community’ schemes:
The cohousing sector is represented by the Cohousing Network.