Spokane Cohousing

Spokane, Washington, United States

  • Last updated: August 2, 2017 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: July 7, 2017

Mission Statement

Our mission is to create the first cohousing community in Eastern Washington! Where community makes sustainability fulfilling and fun.

Community Description

Spokane Cohousing formed around the opportunity to develop a beautiful 3 acre property in the South Perry neighborhood. It’s on a bus line. The site is within walking distance to the neighborhood business district, bike trails, and parks. Over the past 30 years the current property owners have restored the historic home, built a beautiful, green apartments, and cultivated a large organic garden which we plan to preserve and expand on.

We envision an intergenerational village that is close to down town Spokane. With clustered townhouses and flats to maximize efficiency, interaction, and green space. Where we share skills and facilities where it makes sense and respect privacy and independence where it is needed and desired. We right size our lives to limit our ecological footprint. We strive for a decision making and group process that is inclusive, as simple as possible, and flexible.

About

  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Urban

Housing

  • Status: We have undeveloped land
  • Area: 3 acres
  • Planned number of residences: 36
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership

Membership

  • Adult Members: 14
  • Child Members: 2
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please email us at [email protected] to schedule a visit if you are coming from out of town. If you live in Spokane and are interested in the project sign up for our email list and a site tour on our website at: www.spokanecohousing.com

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    We are a forming cohousing community that offers monthly presentations (see our Facebook page) and regular site tours. We encourage people interested in becoming a member to attend those events to meet our members and learn about the project. If interested in applying there is a $150 associate member fee to reserve your place in line for unit selection. You then have a couple months to do a membership orientation, review all our documents, and attend our business meetings before deciding whether this community is a good fit for you. Once you apply as a full member your application is reviewed and approved by our members. You can learn more here: http://www.spokanecohousing.com/uploads/1/0/5/7/105704601/steps_to_reserve_a_home.docx

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Economics

  • Join Fee: $500
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Our community is in the development process, members pay for the pre-construction costs of building the neighborhood and the cost is applied to the downpayment of your unit. All units are individually owned and include a share of the common facilities. The legal structure will likely be a condo association structure and there will be a homeowner association fee. The amounts will be determined during the design phase and when you join the group.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Outbuilding(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw, Kosher, Halal, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    As a forming community we haven’t formed many norms around eating but people are open and supportive around dietary needs and preferences and many member strive for local and/or organic food as much as possible. Our community diet will become more clear as we get further along in the process. We have yet to have decide a tobacco policy but none of our current members smoke.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Coho/US

Keywords

Spokane, Washington, Cohousing, Intergenerational, Sustainable Living,