Alternative Housing Arrangements: Co-operative Living

In this post, Judy explains how living in co-operative housing has benefited her throughout her life.

Affordability - I chose to live the Co-op lifestyle because I did not want the responsibility of home ownership, being a single mom with a full time job, owning a home was more than I

could handle.

Volunteering Opportunities - The benefits of Volunteering are two fold, first it added to my personal growth and to my professional growth. By volunteering you can help keep housing charges affordable.

Saftey & Comfort - Living in a Co-op, you have lots of neighbours, giving me a profound sense of security. I never feel a loss of privacy. I am glad some of my neighbours know of my vulnerabilities, so they can keep an eye on me.

Multi-generational Community - When I first moved into the Co-op, I had just secured a full time job and was required by my new job to work during the day, then go back to work several nights a week for meetings. So what does a single mom do with a 3 year old child who has been in daycare all day? I wanted someone who would mother, nurture, and teach him in my absence. The cluster provided the first of 2 adopted grandmas to help me

out. You know the old saying it takes a village to raise a child? Well in my case, it took

my cluster to help raise my son.


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