What is CoHousing?

     CoHousing is intentional community of private homes or apartments that also share common space.  The community is intentionally designed to foster social interaction among neighbors and create a safe and friendly environment for kids and seniors alike.  Shared spaces might include a large kitchen and dining area, laundry, and recreational space and activities include sharing meals multiple times per week and other social gatherings.  Neighbors also share resources like tools and lawnmowers. Households have independent incomes and private lives, but neighbors collaboratively plan and manage community activities and shared spaces. Neighbors gather for meals, parties, games, movies, or other events. CoHousing makes it easy to socialize, organize child and elder care, and carpool.

     Want to feed your mind with more CoHousing knowledge?  We’ve included some great videos to help you gain a better understanding of co-housing and how beneficial it can be for you and your family.

Introductory Videos

In-Depth Videos

Video prepared as funding request to Oak Park Community Foundation. Gives a brief overview of cohousing in a dialog format.