The overall purpose of Cohousing NI is to create urban and rural housing schemes, with 10 -20 affordable housing units, apartments or houses, rented or owner occupied; where residents have their own homes, yet also have use of shared facilities such as a common house, gardens, car pools, and renewable energy schemes; where residents actively cooperate in the planning of the project and in maintaining its shared resources when up and running; and where residents have one goal in mind: to create and be part of a vibrant, diverse and intergenerational community living in a safe, and mutually supportive, environment.
- Commitment to cooperative ways of working, with a balance between non-hierarchy and efficiency
- Decision making by consent, using principles of transparency, inclusiveness and accountable
- Social solidarity
- Commitment to conflict resolution processes, restorative practice, based on mutual respect and inclusivity
- Eco – carbon positive
- Genuine affordability for everyone
- Support for rental as well as ownership forms of tenure
The focus is on finding a site and raising money. The group will have to work up a business plan and may have commissioned some feasibility studies. They may have their first experience of small scale contracts with professionals. This stage ends when a ‘definite’ site is found. There may be several iterations of this stage.
To create and sustain a cohesive, resilient and outward looking group; to create a cohousing movement in Northern Ireland and to persue activities that will make cohousing a reality in Northern Ireland
Monthly meeting of members.