This Housing LIN Case Study Report argues that we need to develop more housing that is shaped and controlled by older people themselves. Housing of this kind has a proven appeal to older people and it is of increasing interest and relevance to a new generation of active, independent-minded older people, who are attracted to the idea of ‘growing older together’.
Read about cohousing on these websites:
Housing LIN: http://www.housinglin.org.uk
UK Cohousing Network: http://www.cohousing.org.uk
Age UK: http://www.ageuk.org.uk/home-and-care/housing-choices/living-together-in-a-cohousing-community
Drawing on recent research, the report describes the specific appeal of resident controlled housing for older people and it shows how such housing contributes to older people’s well-being. Six exemplary case studies describe a variety of established and planned schemes; both for ownership or for rent and with differing models of governance and management. It ends with a summary of developments that are in progress; many of which are at the grass roots level. The report challenges policy makers and commissioners, including local authorities, to promote and support co-operative and mutual housing developments for older people and it calls for mainstream developers and providers to invest in innovative and progressive developments of this type.