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Social and Personal Benefits
Get more living space than you could afford on your own. For example, in cohousing, you might have a 1,000 square foot personal unit, but share a 3,000 square foot common house. That quadruples your indoor space, and offers shared outdoor spaces, gardens, and luxuries such as a hot tub.
Sharing housing with others could make you healthier and happier, and probably will help you live longer. Studies have found that having a strong sense of connection and nurturing with others can contribute to longevity.
Shared housing creates safer places to live.
Shared housing helps meet other day-to-day needs, as it facilitates mealsharing, sharing household goods, childcare, adult care, and household chores.
Shared spaces or units with shared walls are more energy efficient and cost less to heat and cool.
Sharing housing reduces suburban sprawl. It also means less logging and less waste created in the construction process.
Sharing housing can make renewable energy and green building practices more affordable to residents.
Shared housing can make homeownership affordable for those who team up with others to make the purchase.
Pay as little as $150 per month for rent in a group house.
Save on monthly expenses beyond rent or mortgage payments.
Shared housing facilitates the sharing of food, cars, goods, childcare, and much more.