Collaborative Housing

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Casey O'Brien:

"There are many kinds of collaborative housing. Some examples include:

1. Cohousing

These are projects that allow close, community contact between households. Generally each household is its own dwelling, but there are shared common spaces like kitchens or entertainment centers

2. Co-Living

Co-Living is similar to a dormitory-style housing for adults, with each person renting their own studio apartment and then sharing common spaces like laundry rooms or study areas.

3. Housing Cooperatives

Housing cooperatives can take many forms, like eco-villages, affordable housing and more. What they have in common is that cooperatives are collaborative, democratic organizations where each member has a vote on community decisions.

4. Building groups

In a building group, prospective homeowners come together to design the developments they will occupy, allowing residents to get to know their future neighbors and get a say in how their houses will look.

5. Collaborative retirement

Many people are interested in downsizing after their children are grown and they are done working, and they may choose to move into a retirement village that allows them to get to know other older adults and work together to form a community of care.

These are just a few examples of the types of collaborative housing." (

More information

  • "There are many ways to live in community, this website will give you some ideas of how to find the right level of cohabitation that might be right for you!"