Garden Spot Communities, in partnership with local businesses, churches and nonprofit organizations, broke ground on the Cooperative Living House in mid-December 2016 with plans to welcome the first set of residents in summer 2017.
The Cooperative Living House offers affordable housing for four to five members of the local community and does not rely on government programs or subsidies for funding. The house offers a month-to-month lease with a sliding scale rent, based on a percentage of social security income. Each member of the household has their own bedroom and bathroom and shares a common living area.
In addition to affordable housing for residents, the Cooperative Living House replaces isolation for community, creating a household that connects and functions as a family, sharing tasks and responsibilities and offering an informal support network. Garden Spot Village provides building maintenance, lawn care and social work/case management to provide a formal support network for the residents of the home.
CrossNet Ministries, Weaverland Mennonite Church, SFCS Architects and Musselman Homes, LLC., are just a few of the churches, community organizations and businesses joining Garden Spot Communities to create the Cooperative Living House. Each participating organization or business offers expertise, materials or volunteers.
If you would like to participate by donating materials, contact Linda Dodge at 717.355.6215 for more information.
To learn more about volunteering, contact Larry Knepper at 717.355.6819.
Read more about the Cooperative Living House here.