Formed: 1994 Established: 1998
This page last updated:5/2/2012
Ann Arbor, Michigan,
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We are a community of people dedicated to creating a place where resources are shared, the Earth is respected, diversity is welcomed, children play together in safety, growth is nurtured, and living in community enriches our lives. Our core values and vision help to provide a common foundation for our decisions and our relationships with each other.
Around 95 people live at Sunward Cohousing, from wee ones to octogenarians. We have singles and couples, families and empty-nesters, and at least one household that functions as a cooperative. We have a diversity of backgrounds, occupations, spiritual and secular paths, and sexual orientations.
In our 14 plus years together on the land, we have experienced births, deaths, weddings, partings, members joining and departing, and much more. Many of us were drawn to Sunward for the sense of community and for the opportunity to live more lightly on the land. We steward 20 beautiful acres of woods, prairie, ponds, one quarter of which contains our clustered private homes and common house.
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)
Former/Other Names: Cohousing of Ann Arbor
This page last updated:5/2/2012
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Fellowship for Intentional Community
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
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Members(adults and children):
Leadership Core Group:
(Several leadership committees for topic areas)
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(Members must be able to meet financial obligations to the community)
(minimum contribution of 5hr/month plus preparing common meals & community meeting participation)
(purchase of home or some level of homesharing arrangement.)
(each household pay a monthly fee to community based partly on size.)
Land and Buildings
(outside city limits, not quite in the country, definitely not suburbia.)
20.1 acres (8.1 hectares)
(10 acres of woods, 5 acres of ponds, prairie, gardens, 5 acres of clustered homes)
Land Owned By:
Number of Residences:
(40 homes in 9 buildings)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(several organic garden sites)
Share Community Meals:
(Common House meals are Sunday, Tues, Wed, Thur)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(in Common House)
Common Spiritual Practices:
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
:: Paganism/Earth Religions
:: Unitarian Universalist
:: Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
:: Private school off the property
:: Public schooled
Square Feet in Common House:
Cohousing Company; Sunstructures
National Bank of Detroit (NBD) provided the construction loan
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