Challenges You Might Face on the Path to Community Living

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Anytime someone has an idea that is different than that of mainstream culture they will face some challenges from society. The good news is that humans do well in adverse situations so it is safe to buckle in and see where this road takes you. Here are 5 challenges you might face as you begin a journey toward living in community.

  • Purchasing a shared home. Living in community involves resources so you need to make sure you discuss finances with the individuals with whom you’ll be sharing a home. If you chose to pool your money to purchase a home this is doubly as important. Be sure to be thorough with your agreements and the legal language so everyone feels safe with their investment.
  • Zoning laws regarding unrelated roommates. Several years ago, here in my town of Asheville, a local homeowner came under fire by the city for renting the 8 rooms in his home. In order to establish a community household you need to be aware of the laws in your municipality regarding unrelated roommates. Unfortunately, there is not one good answer since the regulations are different from place to place. Sometimes the issue can be solved by having safety measures in place and other times it is more complex. Talk with your local government or others who have done this in your city to find out more.

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  • Negative criticism from the blogosphere.Any time someone puts their story out on the internet it attracts trolls which

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    are commenters whose only job is to tell you the thing you like isn’t worth liking. Many community builders are blogging their story as a way to spread the word and help others start this process for themselves. Be aware of the negative feedback and but don’t let it get you down. It is unfortunately common but it isn’t representative of you or others with the same interests.

  • Meeting others who share your values. Speaking of others with shared interests, sometimes it is a bit of a challenge to meet people who want to build community, especially in your own area. Google “women in community” or “aging in community” and you’ll find a lot of resources but they may be scattered all over the country and even the world. The best thing to do is to spread the word in your community and invite people to meet ups to discuss the options and ideas.
  • What to do when momentum drops off. You may also find that after an initial boost of interest that many of the people you started talking to drop out of the conversation. Recognize that this isn’t personal. Most of the time this happens because of situations in their own lives. Stay consistent with meetings, continue to promote your community building, and invite more people to the table.

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