With the crash of the housing bubble many people are questioning traditional homeownership, according to Lisa Poley, who is chairing a conference in Northern Virginia this weekend on cohousing – people living in tight-knit communities who share resources and commonly rely on each other for support.
"What it's done is made a lot of people rethink the holy grail of spec housing and bigger is always better," says Poley.
She says they're trying to convince officials to loosen some zoning regulations to make it easier to build intentional communities for people of all ages. She also says the way their communities keep elderly people out of nursing homes should peak lawmakers' ears.
"That right there translates into dollars of health care savings," says Poley.
The group is also exploring ways to bring in more affordable housing units to their communities.