- Started 25+ years ago in Sweden, Denmark, and the Netherlands

- More than 40 completed cohousing communities exist in Canada & the USA with hundreds more in planning or development stages

- Only 20% of the population is comprised of “traditional families” (mom, dad, kids), so housing needs are continually changing

- Over the next 20 years, seniors aged 65+ will outnumber children in Canada by a factor of 3 to 2, representing about 25% of the total population or 10-15 million persons (Statistics Canada, 2016)

- Seniors cohousing saves the system money. “Keeping the elderly patient in the community and out of a long-term home saves the system $50,000 a year", The Globe and Mail, July 12, 2011

FACTS ABOUT COHOUSING

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

STORIES ABOUT COHOUSING

“In Denmark, people frustrated by the available housing options developed cohousing: a housing type that redefined the concept of neighborhood 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"
“The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it” ~ Henri J.M. Nouwen
 
“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” ~ C.S. Lewis
"Cohousing came into existence because people had become dissatisfied with the isolation of the typical suburban house or urban apartment, but they wanted to avoid the opposite extreme of communal living. They wanted privacy, but not alienation and loneliness. They wanted to be part of a community, but to retain their independence and their right not to participate."
~ Marian Van Court, "Cohousing: An Ancient Idea Whose Time has Come"