What is Co-living?

New Name Announcement:
We’re Changing Our Name But Not Our Mission

In order to broaden our reach and help people understand what we’re about, we’ve decided to change
our name from DelVal Cohousing Cooperative to Delval Co-living Cooperative. What’s the difference?
We feel that the word co-living expresses our goals and our efforts better, bringing forth the recognition that a community involves more than just structures but also modes of interacting — of living.

We see the term as being more inclusive and descriptive of how a community actually functions,
particularly intentional communities where residents come together, work together and share their lives willingly, with the recognition that doing so provides for an overall better quality of life. It is in this spirit that we make this change, hoping that by doing so we will make it clearer how and why we exist and what we hope to accomplish.


Co-living is an intentional community of private residences sharing a common area for socializing, community meals and meetings, as in a common Co-housing model, residences typically have separate amenities such as kitchens and bathrooms. Common areas might include a unit or building which may have a kitchen, dining area, laundry facilities, and areas set aside for different forms of recreation. There is often a common garden area, and units are connected by walkways. There is an emphasis on sharing items such as tools and appliances. We have identified a variety of models.

The following are the most notable, but others do exist.

    1. Co-housing 
    2. Eco-Villages 
    3. Cohabitation 
    4. Tiny houses 
    5. Shared dormitories (coliving)

Individuals and families generally have separate incomes, but activities and shared spaces are managed collaboratively. The emphasis is on creating and maintaining a community of mutual support.

Check out this TED Talk to get a better idea on what CO-housing is and why it’s important in so many ways.