We’ve all lived pretty good lives, and we intend for that to continue. We are ready to plan for the changes ahead and take action now to ensure we keep on living as well as possible. Most people wait too long before undertaking the changes needed for the transition to the next phase of their lives.
The need to accommodate future physical challenges is obvious. But so is the need to develop a sustainable community of friends and neighbors. Studies show that highly social settings serve to counter social isolation, which becomes common as we get older and has many negative effects on both physical and mental health.
So even though we don’t feel “old” by any means, we are starting now to ensure our desired future. We expect that there will be a sense of shared values among all community members. These include:
Respect: honoring one another’s views, values and choices; respecting everyone’s property.
Cooperation: a willingness to share the load, share work, and share our joys and sorrows.
Nurture: caring to help others through both happy and difficult times.
Optimism: we are positive thinkers and optimists, and we know how to have fun.
FAIR HOUSING DECLARATION
PDX Commons is a senior cohousing community as described in “Senior Cohousing – A Community Approach to Independent Living” by Chuck Durrett. Under fair housing laws and regulations, we are a “designated senior community.” At least one person of age 55 or older must live in at least 80 percent of our housing units. They may, however, have children or younger adults living with them. There are no age restrictions on the remaining homes.
PDX Commons will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, sex, gender identity, marital status, source of income, or sexual orientation.
Reference: Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 (HOPA), ORS Chapter 659A, Multnomah County Ordinance 15.340.