WHAT IS COHOUSING?

Cohousing is the term used for an intentional, residential community of about 30 units of people who live in private apartments, but share public spaces for group activities organized by themselves. The facility is accessible, enabling people to age in place. Design elements of the facility encourage interaction; social aspects of cohousing contribute to the members’ well-being, sense of community and quality of life.

Why Co-Housing Israel – CHI?

Affordable housing

CHI provides aging in place in a reduced private living space. 

Unlimited long-term housing

CHI provides a long-term housing option, ensuring members a stable residence and community throughout one’s senior years.

Community

A strong sense of community helps combat loneliness and isolation. Though cohousing is appropriate for all ages, CHI seeks people over 50 who are healthy, active and involved in creating a community within a multi-generational neighborhood. 

Healthy living

Social interaction fosters physical and emotional health.

Security

Living together provides a sense of safety. 

Sustainability

Sharing increases efficiency and reduces waste.

Independence / Interdependence

Cohousing members lead independent lives in an interdependent framework.

Living in community is healthy!

Isolation and Loneliness are Health Hazards!
  • Social isolation significantly increases a person’s risk of premature death from all causes, a risk that may rival those of smoking, obesity, and lack of physical exercise.
  • Loneliness increases the risk of depression and anxiety.
  • Isolation increases the risk of dementia, heart disease, stroke and cancer.

WHAT COHOUSING COMMUNITIES SHARE

Kitchen and Meals

(in addition to private kitchens in each residence)

Dining Room

Activity Rooms

Laundry Facilities

Cars / Bicycles

Tools / Equipment / Appliances

Cleaning / Maintenance Duties

Gardens

Guest rooms

Internet / TV Services

Library

Workshop

Fitness Room/Yoga Studio

Music Studio / Instruments

Office/ Art/ Performance Spaces

COHOUSING IN THE WORLD

(SENIOR AND MULTI-GENERATIONAL)

Country

Denmark

Active Communities

700+

In Development

History

Pioneers in Cohousing. There are currently more than 250 senior-only communities in Denmark. Many are supported by the government.

Country

United States

Active Communities

c. 160

In Development

150+

History

Since the 1980s

Country

The Netherlands

Active Communities

30

In Development

40+

History

38 percent (c. 3 million) of the 7.9 million households in The Netherlands are single-person households. Cohousing offers an alternative that provides community.

Country

UK

Active Communities

18

In Development

60+

History

Country

Canada

Active Communities

17

In Development

26+

History

Country

Israel

Active Communities

1

Note: Other co-living projects exist in Israel, but are not registered as legal cohousing associations.

In Development

1

History

CHI was registered as a legal Israeli cooperative housing association in 2017. CHI’s active project is in Jerusalem (Halomot Arnona). The community in development is in Kfar Saba. Additional initiatives are nationwide!

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