Cohousing 101 - Nov. 13th | Bassett Creek core group growing | AIA MN coho conf session for architects
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TCCN News - e-newsletter from the Twin Cities Cohousing Network

October 2019

Fundamentals + growing core group news:

Cohousing 101 - basics of cohousing on Nov. 13th - 6:45pm

Get acquainted with the housing-community type called "cohousing" on Wed., Nov. 13, 2019, and hear the latest from core groups, including one that's growing quickly. Register.

Panelists will cover:
  • essential components of true cohousing communities
  • hybrid forms, and
  • introduce local core-group coordinators for exciting updates

This event is a great way to introduce the cohousing concept to that friend, neighbor or family member who might be a good candidate for cohousing if only they knew about it, while also reconnecting with our community, yourself.

Optional potluck at 6 pm
If you'd like to participate in the optional potluck meal before the meeting, please plan to show up by 6 pm with your dish to share.

Program - 6:45 pm
The program starts about 6:45 pm and costs $8 to attend. Register today so you don't forget!

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

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

Free parking in the adjacent lot, or arrive via transit on the #2, #6, or #30 bus. Bike shares and electric scooters may also be an option, depending on where you're starting out.

We plan to have free childcare for that evening--if you'd like to double-check, please email us at In any case, you are welcome to bring your children. We suggest you bring along a toy or book that will entertain them, and any needed food items.


This event is Twin Cities Cohousing Network's quarterly information meeting. Topics vary, from introductory information to in-depth case studies on a particular cohousing development to creative financing structures. Please join us

Please note the location!

This fall's Nov. 13th 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.

Cohousing session at state architects' conference

TCCN's Lynn Englund to speak on AIA MN panel:

Lynn Englund, who serves on the Twin Cities Cohousing Network's board, will again this fall be speaking about cohousing on a panel at the AIA's Minnesota Conference on Architecture, being held Nov. 12-15 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

"Cohousing: designing a community for interaction" will focus on cohousing as a form of intentional community that minimizes square footage of individual dwellings while maximizing that of common areas to encourage social interaction. 

This introduction to cohousing for architects will include both the “hardware” and “software” of developing such communities--the intentional process, which involves heavy design involvement by the future residents; and the so-called process schematic, or how the development and financing happen.

Joining Lynn on the panel will be George Abert, AIA, LEED AP, an architect and cohousing development consultant in Florida; as well as Nola J. Hitchcock Cross, an attorney and development consultant for cooperatives and cohousing who has developed cooperative housing using HUD-insured loans, has an in-process urban cohousing project in Milwaukee, and is a regular presenter at the Midwest Energy Fair on sustainable cohousing, cohousing legal structures and formation.

Lynn Englund, PhD is a partner at Hopework, LLC, consulting with organizations to develop and deliver small-group workshops and retreats; her academic interests  include helping individuals and families optimize and enhance their experiences of family and community.

For more information about the conference, or to register, please go to the

Board member Brian PaStarr recently was elected president of TCCN. A retired elementary-school teacher, Brian also is active in the fight to end climate change. Thank you for your service to the cohousing movement, Brian.
Every contribution is useful and appreciated. Please consider a gift to TCCN.
You can donate through our Twin Cities Cohousing Network page on at the following link

Communications Circle - website, emails, social media, etc

Cohousing enthusiasts with skills in these communications areas are invited to volunteer with the Communications Circle:

  • websites
  • graphic arts
  • content creation/writing/editing
  • proofreading
  • formatted emails
  • social media marketing
  • photography
  • video and/or sound recording
  • podcasting

Let us know your availability, background and interests at Remote volunteering versus attending on-site meetings can be arranged. Thank you.

Core group news

Bassett Creek Cohousing's core group now has eight paid households. They offer regular potluck meetings and occasional informative speakers to help group members grow in knowledge and cohesion toward their upcoming role in forming a new Passive-House-standards housing community. 

The next event is a potluck brunch at Palace Community Center in St Paul on Nov. 2. Registration is required, as space is limited. See Bassett Creek's website for details, or contact Becca Brackett for more information at

Deadline for next TCCN News

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 October 26. 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,

Vision Circle meeting schedule

Remaining regular evening meeting dates for 2019:

December 10, 2019

If you're interested in attending as an observer, please be in touch at for the exact location and time.

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