This Program is for passionate entrepreneurs who want to devote themselves to the goal of building the next 500 cohousing communities while working collaboratively, supporting each other and making a living.
A world where cohousing becomes the new normal. Imagine every town of more than 50,000 people has at least one senior cohousing community and one intergenerational community. Imagine 500 communities created in the next five to ten years in the United States alone. If this is to become a reality, many people with many talents must become involved in creating communities.
Over the last three decades, CoHousing Solutions President Katie McCamant has consulted on, designed or developed dozens of cohousing communities. Having worked with small and large, urban and rural, developer driven and group developed communities, she learned the keys to building strong, environmentally and financially sustainable communities.
Through this Program, Katie is formalizing what she’s been doing for years informally: train other collaborators to grow the ability of CoHousing Solutions to meet the expanding need for professional support in creating new communities.
If you believe in the power of community,
Have an entrepreneurial spirit,
Want to contribute to developing communities,
Are ready for a challenging career that aligns with your passions…
Our 500 Communities Program may be for you!
“I have loved the training and think that this is clearly the best way to get into the business and to build 500 communities.” – Graduate of the 500 Communities Program
Interested in applying for the Program?
Overview of the development process: How you get paid, understanding where the money is in the budget, what tasks can be hired out elsewhere, and defining your role to take advantage of your strengths.
Building your market: marketing and outreach.
Site search, project feasibility, and negotiating property purchase agreements.
How to approach local developers: Why would they be interested, and how do you pitch it?
Group formation: How do you actually form a cohesive group and move them into an organized structure?
Setting up a project budget.
Understanding the cash flow to get a project off the ground.
Marketing & Membership: Training your community to market and integrate new members.
Working through political approvals and training your community to lobby for the project.
Mortgages, Fannie Mae, FHA, Appraisals and HOA’s: What you need to know about getting mortgages for your buyers.
Construction management, options and upgrade systems, and keeping a construction project on budget.
Graduation! At the end of the course, you become an officially “Certified Cohousing Consultant” and are encouraged to continue the collaboration by becoming a CoHousing Solutions Affiliate.
“I can’t imagine how I would dare consider being a professional supporting cohousing without the 500 Communities program. Katie’s breadth of knowledge and her willingness to share this knowledge has been, and continues to be, invaluable. I’ve also appreciated the support from my fellow program participants. From our first weekend together to the subsequent monthly calls, I gained new friends who shared my passion and challenged me to develop my knowledge and skills. Creating cohousing is daunting, but with this program and Katie’s continued support, I feel confident that I can be part of this amazing movement.”
– Shelly Parks, Graduate of Program | Founder of CoVision Consulting
“In my position as the federal Medicare Beneficiary Ombudsman in Washington, DC, I learned the importance of inclusive, supportive communities as we age. I also know the fear of discrimination felt by many in the aging Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community.
My exploration brought me to Katie and CoHousing Solutions. I’m not a developer, and partnering with Katie and the 500 Communities Program has allowed me to leverage Katie’s years of experience and for me to focus on my strengths in program development and project management. With Katie’s help, and the tools and vital information I’ve learned through participation in the 500 Communities Program, I look forward to building many inclusive, non-discriminatory, LGBT-focused, Cohousing inspired communities.”
– Dan Schreiner, Graduate of Program | Founder & CEO of eQuality Health Services LLC
“Congratulations on assembling such an impressive class. This initiative will certainly move the cohousing movement forward.”
Annie provides coaching, community building workshops, and marketing support to cohousing groups.