Our Approach

Cohousing is community intentionally designed with ample common spaces surrounded by private homes.

Collaborative spaces typically include a common house with a large kitchen and dining room, laundry, and recreational areas and outdoor walkways, open space, gardens, and parking. Neighbors use these spaces to play together, cook for one another, and work collaboratively to maintain the space. Common property is managed and maintained by community members, providing even more opportunities for growing relationships. 


Cohousing is not new. It’s been around since the 1960’s with the first known cohousing community developed in Denmark. So, what makes our approach to cohousing different? Unlike most if not all existing 200+ cohousing communities in the Unites States today, ours is being developed specifically for a neuro-inclusive population – those with and without intellectual developmental disabilities, such as autism and down syndrome.

Cohousing and Coliving: The Ultimate Solution for Social Problems

Cohousing and coliving communities offer the best of both worlds - privacy and community. Studies have found that this positively impacts mental health and quality of life. They are gaining popularity to combat loneliness and meet the demand for flexible and affordable living options.

Our Unique Approach to Cohousing

Our 10-year strategic plan provides early access to families needing alternative housing solutions and lifelong capability for aging in place. Crucial for parents and caregivers of adults with intellectual developmental disorders like autism and Down syndrome.

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Phase 1: Coliving

An intentional community that provides shared single-family housing for people with similar values or intentions. Each resident has their own bedroom with shared communal space.

Phase 2: Cohousing

An intentional community of private homes clustered around a shared space, with a common building for shared meals and community activities.

Phase 2: Aging in Place

Permanent cohousing where everyone can participate in the community, remaining as independent as their health allows in an intergenerational environment.

Explore Our Plans

Learn more about each of the phases in the Front Porch Cohousing Roadmap.