Affordable Housing

Co-housing and Eco-villages… a superb way to have community connection with like minded people.

Why Community?

Community developments are often more cost-effective than individual developments and allow for shared use of space and resources.

This is economically, socially and medically beneficial.

Co-housing and eco-villages are similar in that they both address issues of affordability, ecological impact and community building.

They are both usually small, residential projects that have the following features:

  • privately owned individual homes
  • large multi-use common facilities creating a stronger sense of community
  • a healthy balance between community and privacy
  • elements of self-management, trust and familiarity

Creating Affordable Communities

The model that is currently favoured by Ian and his team is the affordable housing model that incorporates aspects of co-housing models and eco village models without being an overly lengthy process.

There are many good examples around the world that demonstrate that affordable community is a goal that many people have successfully created.  An example of a project that Ian is currently facilitating is here.

Here is a great summary of some of the various development models for housing, with the flowchart below included: 

Small Time and the related Brookside companies are social enterprises dedicated to providing affordable housing and hence in the “Low Profit” category.