Starting from the premise that our single-household orientation–single family, single parent, single person–is not an ideal model for our most vulnerable populations, New Community Vision is promoting alternative housing arrangements such as cooperatives, cohousing, home sharing and even dormitory housing as viable options for consideration. Plan to Crack our Housing Crisis describes this more fully. … Continue reading Sane Housing for an Insane World
That no long term emergency housing exists for people between the ages of 50 and 55 is just one reason why I wrack my brain to come up with alternatives to prevent housing strain from becoming a crisis. The Families & Housing page explains this in broad strokes. Our three primary models—single family homes, single … Continue reading Plan to Crack our Housing Crisis
I’ve looked and looked. Maybe it’s out there and I just haven’t seen it. Where is the short term housing that we desperately need? The safe, affordable, possibly short term, housing that gives people a breather. The number of people standing at the precipice of homelessness, and falling into it, numbs my mind! A lot … Continue reading Wanted: Housing Models that Reflect Reality
A group of people walk the talk by combining their activist ideals with conscious living in intentional communities. The Chicago Network of Intentional Communities (NIC) gathered for a delicious potluck recently and to discuss the process to become a community member. Having considerable experience, the panel shared their wisdom on how they evaluate prospective housemates. … Continue reading Intentional communities walk the talk
The posts about house sharing generated considerable interest and several people have commented privately about Bungalow with a shared kitchen – a true story. They were puzzled over how the arrangement could actually work. House sharing has the potential to be a wonderful and enriching experience of support and true caring. It also has the … Continue reading Steps to insure successful house sharing
Two shared housing co-ops both used the word “joy” to describe their households. That should tell you something.