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Co-Housing Is The Latest Take On Eco-Friendly Community Living

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Co-housing is an attractive (and green) alternative to the potential isolation and wastefulness of separate dwellings. While not necessarily the most traditional approach to housing, co-housing absolutely has a lot to offer, whether you're looking for housing solo, with a partner, or even with your whole family. From pooling resources and sharing responsibilities to lowered costs of living and greener amenities, co-housing may have the ability to cure many of the world’s ills while also addressing public health issues and lowering carbon footprints. Here's how it tends to work.

Our sense of isolation is a problem, and co-housing may be the solution.

A new study by Brigham Young University professor Julianne Holt-Lunstad, PhD, and colleagues suggests social isolation and loneliness among Americans may be even greater threats to public health than obesity. The number of Americans experiencing a sense of social isolation has doubled since the 1980s, from 20 to 40 percent.