Envision Project (Mpls) plans tiny house enclave to meet shelter & community needs; resembles cohousing
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TCCN News - e-newsletter from the Twin Cities Cohousing Network

January 2020

Cohousing in the media

A hearty welcome to all of our recent subscribers. Did you hear about us on MPR?
Here’s the link to the MPR News story about cohousing (4:32) from Dec. 30th, in case you missed it.

We invite you to attend our next program in February (details below).

a tiny house with woman on porch

Speaker involved in Minneapolis tiny house zoning change

Tiny house enclave will have facets of cohousing - Wed., Feb. 19th - 6:30pm

We're welcoming housing activist and tiny house advocate Dylan Linet who will speak on this popular topic. Join us to hear about why tiny houses have been in the news lately and how they relate to our changing climate, affordability and the reduction of isolation by building community. Registration is now open. Register.

Dylan Linet spends his time working in housing justice, including with several sustainable development organizations. One, the Envision Community project, works with folks experiencing homelessness to co-create a tiny-house community; this has included working with the Minneapolis City Council to pass a zoning change to allow tiny house villages in Minneapolis. Another organization, the Twin Cities Ecovillage Project, works to educate about sustainable practices, and aims to build a regenerative demonstration village an hour or so from the metro area.

Linet grew up in the Hudson River Valley hiking, skiing and camping, which gave him a great appreciation for nature and stewardship. Moving to Minnesota in 2006 to attend Carleton College, he lived with 18 other students at Farm House, a sustainable interest community.

This venue is family-friendly, including a play corner, so bring the kiddos.

Optional potluck at 6 pm
There's an optional potluck meal before the meeting. To take part, just show up at 6 pm with your dish to share.

Program - 6:30 pm - Register
The program starts at about 6:30 pm and costs $8 to attend. Register now.

Please note that this meeting occurs on a new day of the week (Wednesday instead of what had been our usual Thursday.)

You'll leave with new knowledge and connections. Plan to attend, and feel free to bring children. Register today at this link.

Free parking in the adjacent lot.
Transit options:  #2, #6, or #30 bus.

If bringing children, we suggest you bring along a toy or book that will entertain them, and any needed food, beverage and snack items.


This event is Twin Cities Cohousing Network's quarterly information meeting.
Please join us

Note the location!

This winter's Feb. 19th event will be at:

St Frances Cabrini Church
1500 Franklin Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Those of you who have attended TCCN events over the last couple of years will recognize St Frances Cabrini Church as a place where TCCN held events before. The meeting space we've been using at Bryn Mawr Church is undergoing repairs, so we cannot meet there for several months.

You can donate through our Twin Cities Cohousing Network page on Go to and search for "Twin Cities Cohousing Network" with the magnifying-glass search tool, or use this link. Every contribution is used to the utmost and very much appreciated. Please consider a gift to TCCN. Thank you.

Bassett Creek Cohousing core group potluck info sessions are wildly popular

Bassett Creek Cohousing's core group has a site search effort close to a crucial tipping point. Several extraordinarily popular Saturday potluck lunch and information sessions at various neighborhood locations around the Twin Cities have resulted in Bassett Creek approaching their minimum number of committed people to move forward. With just a few more interested participants, the search for a site for their cohousing community will begin.

To learn more and get on this core group's email list, visit their website, or contact Becca directly by phone 612-588-9532 or email  <>

Get a peek at Monterey Cohousing in St Louis Park, and hear Becca Brackett talking about Bassett Creek Cohousing in this report that Channel 5 News did about cohousing last summer. View now.

Monterey Cohousing Community - expansion planning continues

Currently the only built cohousing community in the Twin Cities, Monterey Cohousing is deeply involved in a process toward constructing a number of additional housing units to accommodate new interest in joining their community.

Located in St Louis Park, Monterey hosts occasional information events on site. Keep in touch with them via their website, contact form or Facebook.

Deadline for next TCCN News--January 31

If you have an idea for TCCN News, or are interested in submitting an article for consideration, please contact us at Deadline for the next issue is January 31. At this time, only editorial content is published. Ads are not accepted.

Items are selected according to Twin Cities Cohousing Network's mission and the communication circle's guidelines, and may be refused or edited. Ideally, an item would be 50-80 words in length, and include an image for which you have copyright ownership or written permission (license) to use.

Please include a contact name, email and/or phone number for us to reach you with questions, and also let us know if those or other contact means (e.g., Twitter handle) can be published with your piece in case a reader wishes to get more information.

Core group contact page

Core groups have formed, and more are forming. See a list of core groups with contact information on our website,

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