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VAN Forum

Defining Home: Conversations about housing, living and community

June 26, 2014
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Lynn Englund, PhD.
Instructor, Department of Family Social Science
University of Minnesota

Lenox Community Center
6715 Minnetonka Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
(between Georgia and Hampshire Ave. S.)

housinghandsweb_237Join us for this informative and engaging forum on the intersection of housing and community. Lynn Englund, PhD, will provide framing for the discussion, followed by opportunities for you to tell your stories and listen to others.

As we age, many of us find ourselves re-examining our living situations. Do I want to downsize? Move to another part of the country or world? Own or rent? Continue to live alone? Try a shared living arrangement? Lynn will help us examine our options with a focus on how we might live out our beliefs, values and ideals.

After the forum, join us for a tour of the Monterey Cohousing Community, a unique collaborative community located on 2.5 acres of land, partly wooded, just east of the forum location.

Lynn Englund, PhD, is an instructor with the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota.

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Further  resources  and  opportunities  suggested  by  VAN  Forum  participants 

  • Communities  Directory:  Online  search  for  communities  and  housing  by  type,  location,  values,  etc. 
  • Fellowship  for  Intentional  Community:  Communities  Magazine,  books  and  resources,  events,  links. 
  • Golden  Girl  Homes:  Shared  housing  for  women. 
  • Generations  of  Hope:  Retirees  partner  with  adoptive  families  to  develop  and  sustain  Hope  Meadows,  IL  as  an  intergenerational  neighborhood  that  changes  the  lives  of  retirees,  foster  children,  and  families. 
  • Lives  Worth  Living:  Questions  of  Self,  Vocation,  and  Community  (Philosophy  Camp):  A  three-°©‐week  (formerly  4-˙©‐week)  residential  philosophy  course  at  the  university  of  Minnesota. 
  • Minnesota/Western  Wisconsin  CoHousing  Meetup  Group:  Exploring  cohousing  and  cooperative  housing  alternatives  in  Minnesota  and  Wisconsin. 
  • Seeking  immediate  development  of  land  near  Elk  River,  MN,  for  cohousing  that  respects  the  land  and  uses  geothermal  and  solar.  8600  NE  Odean  Ave,  Otsego,  MN  55330  (Wright  Co.  PID  118500211300).  Contact  Chris  Wilson  (chrisw [at] 


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