Community Housing

Community-focused living environments increase human connection and improve quality of life while also serving unique groups.

Group purchasing and living in community can create a “choose your own adventure” style of resident-driven development.

Community housing has the potential to create additional opportunities for home ownership and wealth-building while creating secure, stable housing for all.

Cohousing

In a cohousing community, residents purchase separate homes or units within a larger development.

Cohousing is an increasingly popular way of living in community, as it allows residents a greater level of privacy while still offering communal benefits.

In a cohousing community, residents purchase separate homes or units within a larger development.

Cohousing is an increasingly popular way of living in community, as it allows residents a greater level of privacy while still offering communal benefits.

In a cohousing community, residents purchase separate homes or units within a larger development. All residents have access to shared amenities such as a large community kitchen, event or meeting hall, or park. Some integrate shared elements that are specific to the demographics of their community, like a workshop or tool library, childcare, or commissary kitchen.

Cohousing communities typically have regular shared meals and events to keep the community feeling connected. Developments are often townhome structures, but there are ample opportunities to use existing multifamily properties to create cohousing communities.

Local Cohousing Projects in Greater Denver:

Aria Cohousing
Hearthstone Cohousing

Blue Columbine Cohousing

Wild Sage Cohousing

Cooperatives

Cooperative housing refers to both a specific structure of ownership for a property as well as a way of living together that shares responsibility for day-to-day labor.

With cooperatives, ownership of the building or house typically belongs to the members as shareholders. Cooperatives are most common in single family homes, but increasingly we are seeing apartment buildings and multiple-unit lots apply cooperative housing principles. Most of these arrangements have a shared labor system and democratic governance, varying based on layout and amount of private vs. public space.

Members in cooperative housing often have shared meals and groceries, as well as regular meetings to discuss the day-to-day management of their communities.

Co-Ops in Real Life:

Queen City Cooperative

Queen City Cooperative was co-founded in 2015 by our own Sarah Wells and her partner, who had long participated in group living. His experiences, combined with Sarah’s entrepreneurial spirit, led them to buy and build their own co-op with a limited equity ownership model.

Queen City residents are creatives and educators, as well as folks who work for nonprofits and in social and/or environmental justice. Their annual Pies for Justice party, where pies are auctioned off to benefit varying organizations, is not to be missed! Residents benefit from lower-than-market-rate rents and several have gone on to buy their own homes or start new businesses. Sarah and her partner now have a child and the support of a loving village in helping to raise him. Living in community also helped the housemates ride out the pandemic storm, openly talk and process all that was happening in the outside world, and avoid the crush of loneliness.

Resources

North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) organizes and educates affordable nonprofit co-ops and their members for the purpose of promoting a community-oriented cooperative movement.
Cohousing Association of America (CoHoUS) advances cohousing by assisting forming and existing communities as well as educating the public about the benefits of cohousing. Their website has an excellent directory of all of the cohousing communities across the US.
Boulder Housing Coalition is dedicated to creating affordable, community-enhancing, cooperative housing for the people of Boulder county.
Denver Collective Housing Network Denver Collective Housing Network is an active Facebook group with regular offerings and requests for shared housing. This is a great resource for folks looking for a shared-space rental.

Is community housing right for you?