Co-housilience

developing cohousing in the EU for forward- looking societies

The project

The project concerns the construction of a cohousing in Padova, Italy by Cooperativa FAI Padova as the leading partner and comparison of strategies and good practices in cohousing with other 7 European organizations: MDAT (Greece), Odisee University (Belgium), Caracol Association (France), Cooperativa sociale ATYPICA arl (Italy), Consorcio Andaluz de Impulso Social (CAIS)(Spain), Community Land Trust Bruxelles (Belgium), and Associacao Animam Viventem (Portugal). Starting from November 2023, the project lasts 30 months to foster the social inclusion of vulnerable people and to contribute to the creation of inclusive environments that promote equity, equality and resilience of communities.

The specific objectives of the project are :

The project concerns the construction of a cohousing in Padova, Italy by Cooperativa FAI Padova as the leading partner and comparison of strategies and good practices in cohousing with other 7 European organizations: MDAT (Greece), Odisee University (Belgium), Caracol Association (France), Cooperativa sociale ATYPICA arl (Italy), Consorcio Andaluz de Impulso Social (CAIS)(Spain), Community Land Trust Bruxelles (Belgium), and Associacao Animam Viventem (Portugal). Starting from November 2023, the project lasts 30 months to foster the social inclusion of vulnerable people and to contribute to the creation of inclusive environments that promote equity, equality and resilience of communities.

The development of bottom-up centers called “Community Hub” as generative nuclei managed by cohouser and citizens in collaboration with local stakeholders (citizens, institutions, third sector actors and businesses), to promote social innovation and community building.

To increase the skills of social workers active in specialized third sector organizations operating in the field, to support cohousers in becoming community leaders able to design and manage “Community Hub ”, which will serve as a reference point for social innovation and a lifelong learning platform for the local community and stakeholders.

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Community Hub

In order for the Cohousilience project to address the most relevant Erasmus Plus Adult Education priority of “Promoting local learning centers and innovative learning spaces”, five “Community Hubs” are to be established and experimented in four Eu countries (2 in Italy, 1 in Greece, 1 in Belgium, and 1 in France), where citizens living in cohousing projects will be supported in scaling up their experiences, and the cohousing establishments will be transformed into “social innovation and generative centers” interlinked to their social, environmental and economic ecosystems.
The Community Hubs are bottom-up forward-looking centers aimed at increasing the resilience of their inhabitants and becoming reference sites for their social environment (local institutions, third sector organizations, citizens), based on their capacity of innovating social relationships and forward-looking proposals for the community which will serve as reference points for social innovation and lifelong learning platform.
Moreover, the project predicts the development of a Cohousing Community APP to link the Eu Community Hubs with each other and put volunteers, social workers, stakeholders etc. in contact with people asking for basic help; the development of this APP will start from an already existing community building app, called Aiutapp, developed by FAI Padova Cooperative as the Lead Partner in the cohousilience project. The App will then be co-developed and upgraded in partnership with other project partners.
Here are the different Community Hub:

– Padua
– Turin
– Belgium
– France
– Gracia

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