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.

Community Land Trusts

Community Land Trusts (CLT) are well established in Europe as a way to achieve permanently affordable housing.  Hamilton City has supported the creation of a Hamilton CLT to the tune of $2 Million.   For example…. here is a video that gives a brief introduction to the social enterprise Common Ground, then a general explanation of a Community Land Trust, and finally, about the recently established Waikato Community Lands Trust in Hamilton, New Zealand.