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Older people’s CoHousing Communities

Maria Brenton

in Inclusive housing in an ageing society

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9781861342638
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302582 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861342638.003.0008
Older people’s CoHousing Communities

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A CoHousing Community is a way of life which offers people privacy, independence, and their own front door as members of a group who share some common space and choose to be with each other. It aims to re-create a small neighbourhood in which everyone will know each other and feel some sense of shared responsibility. This chapter looks at another way of organizing age-segregated congregate housing through the study of elective CoHousing communities in The Netherlands. It sets out the main characteristics of an older persons' CoHousing Community and examines its feasibility in the context of housing policy in Britain and describes the efforts that are being made to introduce CoHousing in this country as an option for older people.

Keywords: CoHousing Community; housing; The Netherlands; housing policy; Britain

Chapter.  7422 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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