Is Cohousing One Piece of Our Housing Puzzle?

About the Event

Early this year, construction was completed on what looks like a pair of three-storey, hip-roofed houses on East 33rd. Ave. The new development fits comfortably with other homes and Vancouver Specials in the Kensington-Cedar Cottage neighbourhood. But instead of the three single-family houses it replaced, the complex is home to 31 families spanning four generations.

Homes, all privately owned, range from studios to 4-bedrooms. Each has a kitchen and full facilities. But what’s special at Vancouver’s first cohousing project is the shared space: a community kitchen and dining room where families gather several times a week, activity rooms for children and teens, offices, guest rooms, a yoga room, workshops, and gardens everywhere (including on the roof, near the solar panels). 

This shared living isn’t for everyone, as attested by multitudes of Lower Mainland houses barricaded behind cedar hedges. But there are now a dozen cohousing projects around BC, and for those who value community over absolute privacy, it's an option beyond condos and apartments. How does it work? Later this month, the City’s housing summit targets the needs of those who work and live in Vancouver. Should cohousing be part of the mix?

Our Presenters are Vancouver Cohousing Co-founder and resident Ericka Stephens-Rennie, development consultant and urban planner Michael Mortensen, who is attracted to the concept; and real estate development consultant Herb Auerbach, 'who likes to look at things holistically.'

Then it’s time for your observations, opinions, questions. It’s a conversation! Feel free to bring your lunch.

Registration is not required but seating is limited. Please try to arrive early to ensure a seat.


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Event Date

October 6, 2016 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm


SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1600
515 W Hastings St
Vancouver, BC

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