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Cohousing creates a way of living which brings individuals and families together to share common aims and activities while also enjoying their self-contained housing and personal space. 

The communities can compensate for the alienating effects of modern day life where neighbours often don’t recognise each other.  There are cohousing schemes specifically for older people but they can also be mixed schemes for all ages.  There is usually a common house (shared space) with kitchen and other facilities where residents can gather and eat together or just pop in to catch up with neighbours.  For more info and case studies see UK Cohousing This short film shows what they’ve done at OWCH (Older Women’s Cohousing)

Cooperatives can own the properties but residents/members have collective control over them.  Co-ops can be shared houses with private rooms or self-contained housing.  For more info see The Confederation of Cooperative Housing

Self-Build and Self-Help – community self-builds can provide on average 10-30 homes; self-builds can be a CLT, cohousing scheme or a co-op.  Self-help housing schemes can enable people in housing need (often young people) to build or renovate properties, providing themselves with a home while at the same time learning new skills.  For further info see the National Custom and Self Build Association and Self-help Housing and the Community Self Build Agency

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