What is a typical Cohousing community?
A cohousing community typically involves between 8 and 40 households. In the UK, the first communities were all owner occupied but increasingly now groups are looking to find ways to offer affordable housing or to make houses available for rent. Some are looking at new ways to finance housing, moving away from the traditional concepts of buying or renting housing and towards mutual home ownership and income related rent.
Some communities are inter-generational, welcoming anyone of any age and any family structure. These communities may have a relatively high number of young families. Other communities have been specifically set up to cater for people who are older and who are interested in living in a more supportive environment as they move into the second half of their lives. Some are communities of interest – for example for older women or for lesbian or gay people.