Cohousing: A Place for Youth?

A Way Home Peterborough recently attended a community meeting being hosted by the Kawartha Commons Cohousing Group. We got to hear from folks with lived experience, experts in the cohousing model, and those looking to start cohousing in our community.

There was a great turn out with clear interest in the social and environmental benefits that cohousing can offer, as well as the need for this type of development to be intergenerational.

We started to wonder, is cohousing a place for youth? While this questions remains to be explored, there was keen interest from some of the Kawartha Commons incubator group to continue conversations about the housing crisis in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough, geared-to-income housing, and a potential space for homeless youth in this emerging cohousing community.

Thanks to the Kawartha Commons for hosting this event and sharing your experiences and passion for cohousing as a sustainable, community focused housing model.

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3 Replies to “Cohousing: A Place for Youth?”

  1. How do you put a homeless young adult on your list of people who are homeless? This young person missed the survey when people went out into the community to determine who is homeless.

    1. If you know a young person currently experiencing homelessness, please connect them to the outreach team at the YES Shelter for Youth and Families 705-559-8175 or the Housing Resource Centre (705) 743-2272. These agencies will connect them to the available resources.

      We agree! With 28.8% of renters in Peterborough living in Core Housing Need, we need to make sure that we define ‘affordable’ as geared to to income so that no one is spending more than 30% of their income on rent. For youth this is especially important as they are often trying to finish school, and working in low wage jobs. We need a range of housing options that meet the needs of all youth and that includes supportive, transitional, and independent housing.

  2. We are in dire need of supported independent living in rent geared to income units. I have a 50 year old daughter living with a physical disability in Toronto who is on ODSP and was fortunate enough to get into a rent geared to income apartment at age 18 years old. She can afford to live and has never had to go to a soup kitchen or food bank . A church donated the property to build this building and a number of units are accessible with a staffed support services office downstairs. Some of the units are co-shared by 2 – 3 tenants with support staff supporting those who need it. This is the type of housing we need in Peterborough for those living with disabilities. I am tired of hearing about Affordable Housing. Affordable for whom? There is no housing available for people on ODSP or Ontario works that is affordable. No one should be paying any more than 30 % of their income for housing and a lot of people are paying far more than that, some are paying more than double that amount.

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