Women for Living in Community seeks to be a leading resource on this movement of community based living arrangements. Whether you are seeking to join a community, research what it’s like to live in one or want to learn about this growing phenomenon, check back here. We’ll continue to update our books, articles, associations and provide a listing of other community related networks.  If you have any resources that you feel we could add, please click here to submit it and share.

Click here for Definitions and Glossary of living spaces related to community living

What is Community? (our favorite definition)

“Community is a dynamic whole that emerges when a group of people participate in common practices; depend upon one another; make decisions together; identify themselves as part of something larger than the sum of their individual relationships; and commit themselves for the long term to their own, one another’s, and, the group’s well being.”
from Creating Community Anywhere, Carolyn Shaffer & Kristin Anundsen

Click here to access Communities Magazine – subscription published quarterly has been the primary resource for information, issues, and ideas about intentional communities in North America – from urban co-ops to cohousing groups to ecovillages to rural communes.

Information on Designing a Community:

Living in  communities is not just about home arrangements.  Below are some resources relating to designing communities.

Construction Resources:

Ross Chapin Focus of the work is custom residential design and neighborhood development. Cottage and small house plans, retrofit, many projects.

Upscale “Park Model” Trailers One Way to Retire

Universal Design:

Redesigning Homes with an Eye to the Future-  More than just adding grab bars and ramps




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