Cohousing NextGen - Engaging young people and families in community

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Are you a young professional who values living in community? Are you a parent who wants your kids to grow up in a car-free neighborhood where with green space and neighbors you know and trust? We want to hear from you.

Cohousing NextGen is a conversation with a younger generation of people who want something different than single-family house in the suburb. We are currently building the initiative and we’d love for you to join us. We believe that cohousing can be a rewarding and affordable housing choice for those who are buying a house for the first time or for a young professional who just moved to town and everyone in between.

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FREE Friday Night Public Event

This is a great opportunity for those new to cohousing and living in the Portland area. Learn about Cohousing: Creating Community One Neighborhood at a Time, at this free public talk by Grace Kim. This free public talk will be held at Eliot Chapel.

FREE Cohousing Open Houses

Seven cohousing communities will be holding open houses from 3:30 – 5 pm on Sunday June 2 (Green Grove  –  2 pm- 6 pm). Stop by after the Conference, meet more cohousers, take a tour, view homes and find out more about how cohousing really operates.

Sessions of Interest

Here are a few sessions we think would be of interest to parents and younger adults who may be planning a family.
Cohousing 101
Keynote with Courtney Martin
Parenting in Cohousing
Growing up in Community

Raising Kids in Community

Sometimes people will ask my kids what it’s like growing up in cohousing and they receive a blank stare. Not because they asked a question of a 15 year old and 17 year old, but because my kids know no other life, except in cohousing. My oldest was two years old when...

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Raising kids in cohousing

For most of my daughter’s life she has known about cohousing. We moved in when she was 9. But we had been planning it since she was 3. During construction she asked me almost daily whether she was going to (fill in the blank) or tell me what she was going to do when...

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Cohousing NextGen After Hours Meetup

Cohousing is a way to organize residential communities that provides the community we need to thrive while ensuring the privacy we enjoy. On Friday, May 31, get inspired by cohousing architect Grace Kim's free public talk about the value of living in community. After...

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Jenny Bevacqua – Portland, OR

I'm a mother, activist, and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Portland, Oregon. I live in a forested cohousing community with my partner, 2 sons and our elderly dog. We choose cohousing because it's aligns with our values as well as desires for community. Our...

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Lindy Sexton – Grass Valley, CA

Lindy is a millennial and grew up within a tight-knit community in Minnesota. She is an outreach and business management consultant and enjoys working on community-driven initiatives and environmental causes. Through her work Lindy has had the opportunity to meet...

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Co-living: A Growing Trend in Affordable Housing

By Trudy Hussmann As a student or young adult, did you ever live in a dorm or shared house to save on costs? Now called co-living, this form of housing is becoming more popular again. And it’s not just because it’s an affordable option, but also because it offers...

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NextGen Cohousing Advocate

By Mariah McKay Cohousing offers families and individuals a greater quality of life through collaboration. It shows that we can live better in community, and that is important in a culture that has gone too far in propping up a myth of invulnerability through...

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