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Sheila Peace and Caroline Holland

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781861342638

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861342638.001.0001

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Older people’s CoHousing Communities

Older people’s CoHousing Communities

(p.169) Eight Older people’s CoHousing Communities
Inclusive housing in an ageing society

Maria Brenton

Policy Press

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

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