CALICO “CAre and LIving in COmmunity” (Urban Innovative Actions Project)
‘CAre and LIving in COmmunity’ (CALICO) is an intergenerational and socially diverse community-led cohousing project.
The project boasts 34 new dwellings organized in three clusters:
- The “Gender” cluster rents housing to older women and single mothers;
- The "Community Land Trust" cluster offers dwellings to low-income families and to older people (+55yrs) unable to obtain mortgages, and to people at risk of homelessness;
- The "Care" cluster consists of intergenerational housing to accommodate people from all phases of life.
Future residents will be organized into care groups to establish a community-based model of care. Ultimately, this project could start a paradigm shift where care is organized within local communities.
Two communal spaces will also open, one solely for residents and the other for the wider community, where activities dedicated to local initiatives can be held. The project seeks to empower the residents by having them involved in the different stages of the decision-making process.