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Cohousing throughout the USA

The concept of cohousing was developed in the 1970s in Denmark. Cohousing communities exist throughout the world. In the US, 119 such communities existed in 2008 while another 105 were in some stage of development at that time.

The Cohousing Association of the United States describes the concept: “Cohousing is a type of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods. Cohousing residents are consciously committed to living as a community. The physical design encourages both social contact and individual space. Private homes contain all the features of conventional homes, but residents also have access to extensive common facilities such as open space, courtyards, a playground and a common house.”

Their extensive website cohousing.org is a great source of information about cohousing. A directory lists existing and forming communities throughout the US. They also maintain a Cohousing Blog cohousing.org/blog that hosts discussion of issues that arise in cohousing.

Information about intentional communities, other than cohousing, can be found at the Intentional Communities Website and the site of the Federation of Egalitarian Communities.

Cantines's Island has been the subject or included in a few articles and one short video

Cohousing: Collective Living for the 90s by Eleanor J. Bader, Dollars & Sense, 1999

Cantine's Island Cohousing by John Carl D'Annibale, AlbanyTimes Union, a video

Living in the Round by Camille Sweeney, NY Times, 2006

Co-Housing Communities For Seniors: Cooperative convenience by Leander Schaerlaeckens, Hudson Valley Magazine, 2013

Find out more: Books about Cohousing

A Pattern Language,Christopher Alexander, et al 1977

Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves, Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett, 1994

Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities, Diana Leafe Christian, 2002

The Cohousing Handbook: Building a Place for Community, Chris ScottHanson, Kelly ScottHanson,, 2004

Reinventing Community Stories from the Walkways of Cohousing, David Wann, 2005

Senior Cohousing -- Second Edition: A Community Approach to Independent Living, Chuck Durrett, 2009

Creating Cohousing:Building Sustainable Communities, Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett, 2011

Growing Community: How to Find New Cohousing Members, Charles Durrett & Joanna Winter, 2013

Finding A Site: Cohousing from the Ground Up, Charles Durrett, Joanna Winter, and Florence Arafiles, 2013

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