Community Improvement, Capacity Building

THE COHOUSING ASSOCIATION OF THE US

  • Durham, NC
  • www.cohousing.org

Mission Statement

Coho/US is a national non-profit serving as a connector and clearinghouse to grow and nurture cohousing, an intentional community where households have independent incomes and private lives, and neighbors collaboratively plan and manage community activities and shared spaces. Cohousing cultivates a culture of sharing and caring, with neighborhoods designed for privacy as well as community. Decision making is participatory and often based on consensus. Cohousing communities typically adopt green approaches to living.

Coho/US advances cohousing by assisting forming and existing communities through a robust network of resources and access to technical assistance; and educating the public about the benefits of cohousing, from resource conservation and sustainability to resilient communities and healthy families.


Main Programs

  1. National and regional conferences
  2. Clearinghouse and Connector for Resources
  3. National Cohousing Community Network
  4. Education & Advocacy
  5. Collaboration to Grow and Nurture Cohousing

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Service Areas

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National

Coho/US serves as a connector and clearinghouse for growing and nurturing cohousing throughout the United States, and collaborates with cohousing networks and organizations in other countries.

ruling year

1996

Executive Director since 2014

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Alice Alexander

Keywords

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Building resilient, sustainable communities

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Also Known As

Coho/US

EIN

84-1178324

 Number

3726522344

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs

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Program 1

National and regional conferences

Educating and inspiring through national and regional conferences

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Clearinghouse and Connector for Resources

Serving as a clearinghouse and connector for resources and professional services

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National Cohousing Community Network

Building a national cohousing community through networks and mentoring

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Education & Advocacy

Fostering a cohousing-friendly social, political and economic environment through education & advocacy

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Collaboration to Grow and Nurture Cohousing

Collaborating on opportunities to grow the cohousing movement and nurture communities

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Service Areas

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National

Coho/US serves as a connector and clearinghouse for growing and nurturing cohousing throughout the United States, and collaborates with cohousing networks and organizations in other countries.

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THE COHOUSING ASSOCIATION OF THE US

Leadership

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Executive Director

Alice Alexander

BIO

Alice is driven by her belief in the benefits of creating community, from enriching our lives, to reducing our environmental impact, to increasing economic sustainability. This belief is reflected in all that she has done: in volunteer leadership service and professional executive staffing for myriad nonprofit organizations. Alice is a proud co-founder of Durham Central Park Cohousing Community, which self developed a 24-condominium building in downtown Durham, NC. Originally from Northern Virginia, with some time in Ohio, Alice moved to Durham in 2001 and immediately felt at home. Alice is a baby boomer with a need to make an impact and can think of no better investment than to serve Coho/US.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Peter Lazar

Shadowlake Village Cohousing (Blacksburg VA)

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