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A living arrangement that combines private living quarters with common dining and activity areas in a community whose residents share in tasks such as childcare.


a type of housing with some shared facilities


(koʊˈhaʊ zɪŋ)
1. a cooperative living arrangement in which people build a cluster of single-family houses around a common building for shared meals, child care, guest rooms, etc.
2. the cluster of houses with the common building.
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Cohousing communities are intentional communities, created and run by their residents.
Carlson identifies a "common weakness" in each of these proposals, from the rise of suburbs in the nineteenth century to the socialist collectivism of the 1930s, from the post-war New Urbanism to the cohousing communities of today:
(3) The website of the Federation of Intentional Communities states that intentional community is "an inclusive term for ecovillages, cohousing communities, residential land trusts, communes, student co-ops, urban housing cooperatives, intentional living, alternative communities, cooperative living, and other projects where people strive together with a common vision." Religious Studies scholar Timothy Miller offers four criteria to help distinguish intentional communities from shared living arrangements: shared purpose; some kind of shared living space; some shared resources; and critical mass.
Rebelling against the thought of being forced to go to that place of last resort -- the dreaded nursing home -- they are finding ways for neighbors to help each other, building cohousing communities, sharing a home with friends or strangers, devising creative ways to live with extended family, or coming together in affinity groups based on sexual orientation, religion, the arts, or other shared interests.
Like most cohousing communities, Zabaldo's Washington, D.C., multigenerational complex was designed with input from its future residents, so it is almost completely accessible.
Cohousing communities offer shared facilities such as kitchens, storage rooms, heating systems and recreational space, and can be found and joined through and
For example, cohousing communities in some areas help create alternative "families" for older divorces.
There are now 118 operating cohousing communities in the United States, with almost an equal number in the planning stages.
For example, cohousing communities have entrance and exit rules and formalized internal activities and codes of behavior.
They have since designed and developed over fifty cohousing communities in the U.S.
To this point, cohousing communities have typically been clusters of two or three dozen homes planned and developed by homeowners interested in the highly collaborative model.
Currently there are more than 80 cohousing communities in the U.S.