Why Cohousing is Relevant Today, Especially for Young People — 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.

Throughout the event, we were able to connect with fellow affiliates of the 500 Communities Program, lead by our mentor and cohousing pioneer Katie McCamant and her company, CoHousing Solutions.

One person we interviewed was Megan Shea, a co-op resident, community development professional, and voice for cohousing. She shared her thoughts on why cohousing is important in this day and age, especially for young adults.

Why is it important to you to spread the word about cohousing?

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

Hi, my name is Megan Shea. I am from Berkeley, California. And I live in a co-op there that I share with eight other people.

I'm here because I really love co-housing and I believe in it, and I want to ensure that younger people are aware of it, and that they have access to it financially, that they feel really included in those communities once they move in.

Because I think this is super relevant to all of the way that we want to live, and I think it's an affordable way to be in the cities where really interesting career options exist.

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For more on this topic, be sure to read our blog post, “A look at the future of housing in America.”