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Dwellability Newsletter 07

Every Friday at Dwellability, we like to highlight community members and their amazing stories of accomplishment…

Alicia DeLashmuttMy name is Alicia, founding neighbor of Our Home Inclusive Community Collaborative.

I have over 17 years of community involvement as a disability inclusion and housing advocate and am the proud mother of a strong-willed teenage girl whose diverse interests include basketball, Fritos and opera. My daughter experiences Mowat-Wilson, a rare genetic syndrome, the impacts from which are widespread and significant. My daughter, Neva, has been a strong influence in my mission to promote inclusive life opportunities to families and individuals who also experience disability.

Our purpose is to work with local partners to create diverse, cohousing inspired pocket neighborhood communities consisting of families who have the opportunity for home-ownership and include individuals often seen as ‘at-risk’ — elders, people who experience disability and people below median income. Our Home communities will be based on strengths, interests and shared values not deficits and needs.

Starting in Portland, Oregon, we are providing an alternative solution to four pressing challenges in our communities:

  • Housing options (especially home-ownership) are extremely limited in for people with disabilities and are based on deficit and need (negative outcomes include: dependence on system, burden on family, separation from community, lack of individualization and ‘real life’ opportunities).
  • People below median income (often people who experience disability or are our ageing population) are increasingly being priced out of the residential home-ownership market.
  • Housing options for the aging population lack the opportunity for older individuals to give back and have a sense of purpose by being an integral part of an age-diverse and familiar community where you know your neighbors as well as receive the supports that are needed to age in place for as long as possible.
  • Currently our city is lacking communities that intentionally bring together diverse populations of people (including, but not limited to, those who experience disability, aging, families, first time homebuyers, mixed income) based on shared values and interests that promote natural supports (see below) and individualized choice as a premise for community.

Rendering of street view

Our Home – Cathedral Park is an inclusive, co-housing inspired community with a variety of home ownership opportunities for individuals and families of diverse abilities, ages and income levels.

Photo: Mahlum Architects https://www.mahlum.com/ and our developer is UD+P udplp.com
We are actively gathering our community, supporters and funding for Our Home – Cathedral Park and have a completion date in 2022. For more information please contact our Founding Neighbor, Alicia DeLashmutt

Inclusive Diverse Communities Start With You
Join us in building thriving neighborhoods that embrace the diversity of our elders, our community members with disabilities, and singles and families with a variety of incomes – based on shared interests, strengths and values.

ourhomeicc.org

Cheers!
Jeff

Articles

Community Building in the City

“We love the density, diversity, and walkability of our neighborhood” Fellowship for Intentional Community, February, 2018

Making a Case for Urban Housing

Great example of urban cohousing in Seattle. Fellowship for Intentional Community, Grace Kim, January, 2018

The town that’s found a potent cure for illness – community”

“Illness reduces people’s ability to socialize, which leads in turn to isolation and loneliness, which then exacerbates illness.” The Guardian, Feb 21, 2018

How our housing choices make adult friendships more difficult

“We shouldn’t just accept a way of living that makes interactions with neighbors and friends a burden that requires special planning.” Vox, Dec 7, 2017

There’s Community and Consensus. But It’s No Commune.

“Moving into a new house that’s roughly a 90-second walk from that of your parents may not be the ideal living condition for most adults, but that’s what drew Ben Brock Johnson, 37, to the town of Amherst, Mass. New York Times, January 20, 2018

How to Design Our Neighborhoods for Happiness

When we share our yards, sidewalks, and other common spaces, we find a greater sense of belonging and connection to those around us. Yes Magazine, July 26, 2013

As my friends and I grow older, we’re setting our sights on communal living

The Globe and Mail, October 4, 2016

We are building Our Community now!

We are actively gathering community, supporters, and funding.
For more information please contact us
Download our one-page information sheet

As in life, we at OHCP acknowledge that change happens. Information on this site is subject to updates and modifications.