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.

Seniors Laughing

“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."

- Frances Woolison · Prairie Rivers Co-living Co-operative, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jan 03, 2022

 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/aging-manitoba-intentional-community-prairie-rivers-co-op-1.6302208

“You either love or you hate cohousing.” 

- Jan Chadwick, resident of Marmalade Lane, 42-house intergenerational cohouse in Cambridge, England. 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/may/08/marmalade-lane-co-housing-cambridge

"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

 

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition/the-sunday-edition-for-june-9-2019-1.5165327/co-living-apartments-offer-a-sense-of-community-for-on-the-go-millennials-1.5165343

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-march-14-2016-1.3490072/are-millennials-hacking-housing-with-community-homes-1.3490100

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.” 

-  Dr. Rock Positano, Huffpost article The Mystery of the Rosetan People, November 2011

 

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-mystery-of-the-roseta_b_73260

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

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/real-estate/vancouver/article-co-ownership-gains-traction-as-house-prices-keep-rising/

 

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

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