How CHI Began
Neither a kibbutz nor a moshav. Neither a NYC co-op nor a condominium. Neither a gated community nor a public housing project. Co-Housing Israel – CHI, would be an intentional community for 30 units, its members actively involved in its own design and administration, volunteering in the wider community, playing a vibrant role in the cityscape of Israel and changing the game of aging in place.
After years of looking for appropriate sites, creating viable financial models, working with advisors and becoming increasingly frustrated, in July 2019, six members (four rental units) entered Halomot Arnona, a long-term rental (ten years) housing complex in south Jerusalem initiated by the Ministry of Housing. This move reflected a compromise in the group’s vision and offered concomitant challenges. How could a small group, dedicated to the idea of cohousing, function within a larger complex of 330 units?
Now. In 2021, another rental project, hopefully unlimited in time, is in the works in Kfar Saba in central Israel. For further details, click here.
CHI’s goals are to encourage local groups to create either senior or multi-generational cohousing sites, while creating community through site and design meetings, social activities and creating a Member’s Agreement.
CHI is a legal Israeli entity, recognized by the Registrar of Cooperatives.
Life Members of CHI are proud to have brought the concept of cohousing to Israel and look forward to spearheading the struggle for affordable, accessible senior housing for Israel’s middle-class.