Facts about Cohousing
Started 40+ years ago in Denmark and the Netherlands.
More than 200 completed cohousing communities exist in Canada & the USA with hundreds more in planning or development stages.
Within cohousing communities, only 20% of the population is comprised of “traditional families” (mom, dad, kids), so housing needs are continually changing.
Ottawa has two cohousing developments. One is 24 years old and the other is due to be completed in 2022.
Ottawa Cohousing is the first development business to exclusively serve the cohousing market in Ottawa.
“In Denmark, people frustrated by the available housing options developed cohousing: a housing type that redefined the concept of neighbourhood to fit contemporary lifestyles. Tired of the isolation and the impracticalities of traditional single-family houses and apartment units, they built housing that combines the autonomy of private dwellings with the advantages of community living.”
~ Charles Durrett, "The Senior Cohousing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent Living"
Cohousing is an increasingly desirable housing strategy for aging adults. Seen as a viable way to independently Age in Place that also allows for a lively and supportive social life.
STORIES ABOUT COHOUSING and similar housing arrangements
"It's just lonely being by yourself all the time, and it just seems like a much richer way to live is in community sharing experiences and support and chores."
“You either love or you hate cohousing.”
- Jan Chadwick, resident of Marmalade Lane, 42-house intergenerational cohouse in Cambridge, England.
"Communities are the answer." - Dr. Catherine Donnelly
Dr. Catherine Donnelly and Christine McMillan are featured on the CBC's the Current on May 11, 2021, to discuss the concept of naturally occurring retirement communities (NORCs) and how they can be leveraged to better serve aging communities.
Read the accompanying article: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-may-11-2021-1.6021707/bringing-services-to-where-seniors-already-live-could-be-an-alternative-to-long-term-care-experts-say-1.6022066
Millennials — are increasingly finding themselves shut out of the rental market in the major global cities where so many want to work and live
- The Sunday Magazine, CBC Radio, June 09, 2019
Study of the unusually healthy aspects of a seemingly average blue collar town in Pennsylvania, where the collective community spirit is what made the difference.
“The magic of Roseto was the total avoidance of isolated individuals crushed by problems of everyday life. Rosetans didn't feel isolated or crushed, rather they avoided the internalization of stress. Stability and predictability was life soothing, hence life lengthening.”
November, 2021 Globe and Mail article showcasing how it pays to think flexibly and out of the box when looking to get into housing during these times of hot housing markets
2014 Globe and Mail article about first Vancouver Cohousing project being under construction. READ ARTICLE
Global News feature story of an elementary school in a long-term care home in Saskatchewan. WATCH FEATURE
Documentary of a seniors residence in Seattle that is also home to a preschool. WATCH TRAILER
Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities by Charles Durrett and Kathryn McCamant
Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living. (The Handbook, second edition)
by Charles Durrett