You have probably heard of co-housing. You might have heard of Durrett and the multi-house co-housing community. I love this sort of development, and in particular the critical role of the community of residents designing the build themselves to meet their needs, and maintaining governance of the community.
But I am coming to appreciate that if this is what the ‘co-housing’ term is going to mean then we are missing out on much much more, and much of what matters.
Not because there is anything wrong with this sort of community, except for the obvious fact that it isn’t for everyone – it is a very niche solution.
I am always meeting people who are searching for ways to live differently. As often as not, these people want to live ‘with others’. I really want to live ‘in community’, whatever that means. Other people want to ‘share’.
The variety of ways that we could potentially live differently is astounding – sharing facilities, sharing company, sharing lives. The mainstream system doesn’t deliver. The Durrett model and eco-villages work for some, but for only very few. There are many many other ways we could live ‘together’.
So I appreciate a new champion who is promoting a deathly simple definition of ‘co-housing’, which I think is both radical, and inclusive of a much bigger trend:
“Co-housing accommodates two or more people living independently in a single house, or in a group of houses, specifically designed to share certain facilities and interests.”
This is the definition at the heart of the South Australian Co-Housing Association. Fuzzy Trojan is launching the Association at the start of next month. I look forward to seeing who comes along. There is a lot of promise here.
LAUNCH OF THE “SOUTH AUSTRALIAN CO-HOUSING ASSOCIATION”
BY HON ZOE BETTISON
Minister for Communities & Social Inclusion,
Social Housing, Status of Women, Multicultural Affairs,
Ageing, Youth, Volunteers.
DATE: THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1 ST
PLACE: 7 ALBION STREET WINDSOR GARDENS
The South Australian Co-housing Association launch will be held at a newly constructed co-housing project.
You are cordially invited to attend and to bring others who may be interested.
Please RSVP by August 25 th to sacohousingassociation at gmail.com stating numbers attending
Further information from Fuzzy Trojan 041 990 1133