We are pleased to announce that People's Life Fund has selected our "Inclusive Aging in Community" project as one of its 2021 grantees. Join the free granting ceremony this evening and see what other projects are getting help from resisted war taxes, including our partners PLACE and Canticle Farm in Oakland.
Why this matters now: We have been offered the opportunity to bring a community to a site that could have people in a new neighborhood near BART with new, designed-for-accessibility homes priced less than a third of what even old homes that need work cost in Berkeley. We want to make sure that people who don't already own homes here (or historically were excluded from homeownership or priced out of it) have a better shot at it, and also to be ready to help people who have the least make the most of the opportunities for "build in place" community that Berkeley's new proposed legalizing of 4-plexes will create. Plus, we want EBCOHO to be an organization led by and serving everybody in the East Bay, not just those of us who were lucky to grab a place a long time back when we could afford it.
This is the second time that EBCOHO has received a PLF grant; the first, several years ago, helped us create the Squirrel Fund, funding some of our initial legal work, partnerships, and outreach for a new way of helping keep fixed-income seniors living in community as costs rise, and to keep their homes affordable after their deaths.
A little more about the project below.
Read more about the ceremony, the other recipients, and the people behind it here.
Our portion will be brief, but the ceremony will be followed by breakout rooms so you can talk with us and other grant recipients about their projects. And check out this Saturday's workshop on financing housing acquisition and rehab for affordability, led by NCLT as part of its inclusivity programming.
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Free, discount and subsided training on effective Aging in Community
An East Bay Cohousing service in development
Made possible by a grant from People's Life Fund
And your member contributions
In our work helping people find and create community, we often discover that the people who most could benefit from senior cohousing can't afford the initial workshop series that we offer to get it started. We want to increase the number of communities, not by going for the traditional "easy" market-rate homebuyers, but instead fostering diversity by getting groups going and linking them to established area programs that can make housing and community more affordable.
So we plan on taking our proven "Aging in Community" curriculum, adapted from the Danish national "successful aging" curriculum, and offer classes at no cost and by donation for groups identified through area senior centers and the group that we helped incubate, the People of Color Sustainable Housing Network (POCSHN), or with scholarships for seats at our general workshops (whichever approach turns out to be more more effective and inclusive, under POCSHN's guidance). We know that we don't have all the answers, and we aren't the world's experts at what works well for different people, so we'll be looking for ways to support what's underway from groups working in these areas, like the Northern California Land Trust (NCLT) Co-ownership Initiative.
The traditional course format is a 10-week workshop, but we have learned from trying out other styles, and based on recommendations from POCSHN and prospective attendees we plan to offer a version of the course that best meets their needs for time and location, and which includes paid POC guest presenters and activities that help make it clear some of the paths and resources and attitudes that have led to meaningful change and opening up new options.
This effort will be led by EBCOHO co-organizer and Cohousing Coach Raines Cohen (left), a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Certified Sage-ing Leader (CSL). He trained with Chuck Durrett in the initial classes based on the Senior Cohousing handbook (upper right), and wrote about Senior Cohousing and related movements in the book Audacious Aging (below right). He serves on the board of Sage-ing International.
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Funded in part by War Taxes Redirected by the People’s Life Fund.
- April 15, 2021 at 6pm – 7:30pm
- Your home via Zoom
- 41 people are going
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