CoHousing Solutions: Sustainable Neighborhood Consultants

by Erin Harris
Professional Services
Nevada City, CA

About CoHousing Solutions

CoHousing Solutions provides development consulting services to cohousing groups, progressive developers, and other community-oriented entities who want to create socially and environmentally sustainable developments.

Our team pioneered the development of cohousing neighborhoods in North America, and we have helped create dozens of successful, award-winning communities. Using a collaborative model that builds on the strengths of the cohousing group as well as our professional team, CoHousing Solutions works with groups from the earliest stages of development all the way to project completion and move-in. There is no reason for you to reinvent the wheel, but with our help you can build a wheel that best suits your needs and the needs of your project.

In addition to our consulting services, we train the next wave of cohousing professionals through the year-long 500 Communities Program.

Working with CoHousing Solutions, you’ll receive tailored consultation.

We can:

  • Grow and strengthen membership
  • Provide project feasibility and development strategies
  • Conduct site search and evaluation
  • Host Getting it Built and Kick-Off Workshops
  • Offer project management
  • Market your project to our database
  • Create websites & ad materials
  • Manage social media
  • Help you hire the right professional consultants
  • Set up and manage the budget
  • Manage project financing
  • Find a construction loan
  • Design programming
  • Prepare the community for move-in

Our Team

Katie McCamant is president of CoHousing Solutions. She brings the depth and diversity of her experience as an architect, developer and cohousing resident to her clients. Katie is coauthor of Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves, the book that introduced cohousing to North America, as well as the more recent Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Neighborhoods. She co-founded McCamant & Durrett Architects / The CoHousing Company along with Charles Durrett in 1987. Since then, Katie has designed and developed dozens of cohousing communities in the United States and Canada. She raised her daughter in the urban Doyle Street Cohousing and later Nevada City Cohousing, where she currently resides.

Erin Harris is the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for CoHousing Solutions. She manages the company’s social media, website and maintains newsletters. Additionally, Erin helps communities in formation with her outreach, marketing, advertising, design and writing skills.

Training the next wave of cohousing professionals: The 500 Communities Program

This year-long training program is for passionate entrepreneurs who want to devote themselves to the goal of building the next 500 cohousing communities while working collaboratively, supporting each other and making a living. Through this program, Katie formalizes what she’s been doing for years informally: training other collaborators to meet the expanding need for professional support in creating new communities.

Consider applying to the 500 Communities Program if you …

  • Believe in the power of community
  • Have an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Want to contribute to developing more sustainable communities
  • Are ready for a challenging and rewarding career that aligns with your passions

The course is offered every other year, with the next one starting in Fall of 2023. Cohousing Solutions will be accepting applications until June 2023. Click here to sign up for 500 Communities Program updates and announcements.

Sampling of CoHousing Solutions’ Current Clients

Bozeman Cohousing (Bozeman, MT)
Mission Peak Village (Fremont, CA)
Cohousing Houston (Houston, TX)
Heartwood Commons Cohousing (Tulsa, OK)
Hager Homestead Cohousing (Littleton, MA)
Burns Village & Farm (Burns, TN)
Mosaic Village (Calgary, Canada)
River Song Cohousing (Eugene, OR)
Rooted Northwest (Arlington, WA)
Washington Commons (West Sacramento, CA)

A Sampling of Communities Developed, Managed, and/or Consulted on by Katie McCamant

Berkeley Cohousing (Berkeley, CA)
Doyle Street Cohousing (Emeryville, CA)
Frogsong Cohousing (Cotati, CA)
Germantown Cohousing (Nashville, TN)
La Querencia (Fresno, CA)
Nelson Cohousing (Nelson, BC)
Nevada City Cohousing (Nevada City, CA)
Oakcreek Senior Cohousing (Stillwater, OK)
PDX Commons (Portland, OR)
Pleasant Hill Cohousing (Pleasant Hill, CA)
Quimper Village (Port Townsend, WA)
Ravens’ Roost Cohousing (Anchorage AK)
Temescal Commons Cohousing (Oakland, CA)
Temescal Creek Cohousing (Oakland, CA)
Wolf Creek Lodge (Grass Valley, CA)

See our full project list here.

Testimonial for Katie McCamant

“We began working with Katie McCamant in 2013…we still count on her expertise to keep us out of trouble. Her breadth and depth of cohousing and development experience offered us a unique skill set that has served us well time and time again. Her experience knowing what worked and didn’t for other communities helped us make wise choices about our own common areas and individual units…Her advice is steeped in a rich tea of experience.

Turns out that the investment in Katie has helped our project save time and money in so many ways – giving us templates to start our legal documents, outlining the overall deal structure and helping to negotiate contracts with our consultants.

In addition to all above accolades, Katie is just so fun to work with. She’s always responsive to our questions in a timely manner, good natured, full of anecdotes and flexible. She’s made our why do we need a consultant? naysayers into true supporters of our decision.”

– Susan Fries & Lew Bowers, Residents of PDX Commons

Contact Us!
CoHousing Solutions
PO Box 189
Nevada City, CA 95959

Phone: 530.478.1970

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