Formed: 1992 Established: 2000
This page last updated:3/7/2013
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Cascadia Commons Cohousing is a community of 26 homes and a common house located in a pleasant suburb six miles southwest of the center of Portland, Oregon. We were self-developed over the period beginning with our incorporation as an LLC in 1995 (after a couple of years as a talking group). Construction was completed in 2001. We continue to develop as an evolving community.
We occupy 2.9 acres of land, of which approximately half is legally designated wetlands and wetlands buffer that is required to be maintained in a natural state. Our homes are a mix of renovated townhouses, and newly constructed flats and townhouses.
We are a quarter of a mile from good bus service to the center of Portland, a 35-minute ride. It takes about 10-15 minutes by car.
Our current residents range in age from one to 78. We are a mix of singles, single moms, couples, and families. We are ecumenical as to religion, or lack thereof, philosophy, sexual orientation, dietary preferences, and, at least in principle, politics. We share green values of caring for the earth and its creatures.
We are egalitarian in our governance, using consensus decision making, with provision for breaking impasses, as required by Oregon's condominium law.
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)
This page last updated:3/7/2013
Visitor Process: Personal guests of community members visit by arrangement with their hosts.
Nonaffiliates contact us by email or telephone. Explain interest and reason for visit. A host will be assigned to work out details.
Fellowship for Intentional Community
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Members(adults and children):
Open to new members:
(Only as occupancy of homes change)
(With legally required provision to break impasses)
(We have some leadership roles in committees)
Leadership Core Group:
(Only by the willingness and capacity of some to do more work than others.)
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(Screening of finances is by lenders for individual mortgages)
(We have a nominal minimum of 5 hours per month.)
(The costs of becoming a resident are all that is required.)
(Regular Home Owners Association dues are prescribed for each home.)
Land and Buildings
2.9 acres (1.2 hectares)
(About half of our land is designated wetlands where no develoment is permitted.)
Land Owned By:
(We are legally organized as a condominium community)
Number of Residences:
(26 homes in 12 buildings)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(Organic comunity garden)
Share Community Meals:
(About half of adults participate regularly)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(We try to use organic food when available. We try to provide options to meet individual restrictions)
(Vegetarian options always available)
(In common house, discouraged on grounds, optional in individual homes, but there are no members who are regular smokers.)
Common Spiritual Practices:
(Wide range of preferences.)
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
(Any or none)
(Some private schooled off property, some public schooled)
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