Alternative Housing Possibilities Steering Committee

By Michael T. Hertz

This is the result of the December 30, 2013, meeting and the agenda for general meeting January 14, 1:30-3:30pm, at St. Paul’s Church.

Alternative Housing Possibilities
Wed, Jan 14, 1:30-3:30pm
St. Paul’s Church
Calzada del Cardo 6
Further information 154-7003 (Michael T. Hertz)

The Steering Committee met and proposes the following agenda:

The most important objective for Alternative Housing Possibilities members is to move towards concrete and viable action. To that end, the Steering Committee proposes that on January 14 the individual members committee themselves to an alternative housing model in which they have an interest. The three models proposed thus far are:

  • • Co-housing
  • • Shared Housing
  • • Eco Housing

The members are, of course, free to propose other ideas and work on them. But at the January 14 meeting, each member will be asked which model of housing they want to do work on. There will be signup sheets for each model. Of course, any member is free to join or leave any of the subgroups at any time, and the hope is that the subgroups will share information with the entire membership.

We will have some brief discussions of existing models or startups in San Miguel. We will discuss the LaSenda EcoVilla, and Chipper Roth will explain her vision for properties she owns in partnerships. Finally, Emmett Coyne will provide some tentative information he received from a broker on a shared housing possibility.

One of the main objectives of Alternative Housing Possibilities is to get people to work together, share ideas, and eventually to cooperate and share in a housing arrangement. As a bridge to that objective, members should consider social arrangements that can help a group get into a cooperative mode. For instance, the members of a subgroup could plan to meet for social gatherings, to share transportation to shopping, to form a security network (communicate with each other on a regular basis by phone or email to make sure that members are secure where they are presently living). Some members may want to share anything from books to tools to housing on a cooperative basis. The basic idea is to “know thy neighbor” and find those in the group (or outside it) who can become part of the housing effort.

Communication is a big part of trying to get a model off the ground. To that end, we encourage using the blog at Those members who want to be authors or administrators of the blog can be added, and we would be happy to teach anyone who wants to add articles and information through the blog. Blogging adds information on the website which anyone can access, so it’s a good way of communicating once you get the hang of it. We would be happy to teach anyone how to do it. But if you don’t want to do that, you should get the emails of everyone in your group and keep in contact with them, spreading information which you have gotten, and receiving information from them.

The objectives of the January 14 meeting will be group organization, getting people to work together, and communication.

Let’s get to work!


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