Cohousing

Jesse Rhodes

 

Over the next decade, between 500,000 and a million children with autism will age into adulthood. Advocates say when it comes to giving these individuals independent lives, we are not prepared. One group of Bay Area parents started planning for this back in 2009.

Karen Hester

One solution to the Bay Area housing crisis is cohousing, in which multiple people and families choose to live together. Whether in a single home, or a compound, they share the costs of living and housework.

One example is in Oakland's Temescal neighborhood. The Temescal Creek Cohousing Community is a cluster of two story houses:  There's a shared garden, play yard, chicken coop and even a solar hot tub. It was started in 1999 by Karen Hester, who gave Hana Baba the grand tour on a quiet weekday morning.