Monday, September 1, 2014

Increasing community through co-housing in Elkhart

Members of the Greater Elkhart Young Professionals want to address bringing healthy food and affordable living through a co-housing experiment in south central Elkhart.

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 2:19 p.m.

Nicole Bauman and Jason Shenk want you to be part of a community-building experiment.

Bauman and Shenk are part of the Red Oak Community House project, which is remodeling two houses in south central Elkhart and turning them into co-housing homes. The project's progress is being posted on the Urban Permaculture Household and Community Space Facebook page.

Wolf House, located at 118 W. Wolf Ave., will have 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments that will have access to a shared community space at the Red Oak Community House at 1721 Prairie Street.

The Red Oak Community House is also seeking residents who will share the community space, rather than live in individual apartments.

Together, the houses are called the Prairie Wolf Collective.

Residents of Red Oak "would share a household and participate in various elements of the permaculture experiment and efforts for health, justice and ending poverty within the home and in the broader community," the Urban Permaculture Household's Facebook page says.

Bauman will be speaking at the next Inspire Elkhart luncheon hosted by the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Council.

To learn more, including who's in the project, what kinds of activities they're involved in and how you can help, you can visit their fundraising website.

What do you think about the the Red Oak Community House project? Would you live in a co-housing unit?

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