Hastings Older Women Co-housing is a housing project aiming to provide Co-housing for women over 50 in Hastings and St Leonards. The project is modelled on the Barnet co-housing scheme, OWCH, in North London where two years ago, 27 women moved into purpose-built flats.

Each woman has her own front door and kitchen, but also shares communal spaces such as a common room for shared meals and gardens. Some of the flats are owner-occupied and some are for social rent.

Co-housing is not just housing but also community living. Living in such a community can assist with some of the issues many older people face. It should
be more affordable, less lonely
and isolated, more secure and hopefully fun.

Communal living is increasing in importance in Britain as the shortage of affordable housing is affecting young and old. This housing type is very common elsewhere in Holland and Northern Europe and has been so for a long time.

At the moment a small steering group is registering the project
in various ways and we have secured our first grant. This should enable us to become a legal entity. We are now starting to form a community of interested people, or potential residents.

We are also looking for people who can make an input on the board to develop the project and are holding an open meeting in November to get in contact with potential residents. Also, for others who might use the co-housing model to develop other projects.

n In the meantime please contact [email protected] for more information. Open meeting at the White Rock Hotel Thursday 15th November 7.00pm.

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