Social Benefits Generated from Cohousing Communities — LESSONS FROM #COHOCON2019

The recent CohoCon (National Cohousing Conference) brought together cohousing residents, architects, builders, and consultants to talk about the present and future states of the industry. We were so inspired by all of the different people we met throughout the event, that we wanted to bring back some of their insights. Over the next few weeks, look out for videos from the conference both here and on our social media pages.

In this video, we spoke to Desiree Kameka, a project lead of the Autism Housing Network, a nonprofit organization that helps special-needs adults find high-quality residential choices. Desiree talks to us about the relationship between housing needs and individuals with neurodiversity.

We asked Desiree: What is neurodiversity and what are its benefits?


The following is a transcript of our interview with Desiree, lightly edited for clarity.

Hi. Hello. My name is Desiree Kameka. I am the project lead of the Autism Housing Network. I'm here at the Cohousing Conference to connect the world of cohouser's with the population of people who experience neurodiversity. It means people with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other type of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Living in a community within a greater community would be so helpful to someone who often doesn't have access to social capital. We already have one example of this, in Durham, North Carolina, called North Street Neighborhood. I'm working with six emerging projects, right now, that are looking at neurodiversity as part of a core facet of their co-housing community.

It's really exciting. I feel as if the co-housing world, and people who are developing co-housing projects, have this untapped potential of families and people who have neurodiversities, to be potential buyers and just really, really good neighbors.


For more on how cohousing benefits communities of all kinds, click here for a round-up of useful articles.