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Alternative Housing for Older Adults Seminar Series

Homesharing April 2nd from 8:30AM-11:00AM

Laura Fanucchi is the Vice President of National Shared Housing Resource Center. The NSHRC was established in 1980 by Maggie Kuhn, founder of the Grey Panthers. She passionately believed there must be more opportunities for intergenerational living and that seniors shouldn’t be isolated and alone or warehoused and forgotten. She is considered by many to have started a contemporary cultural revolution, both in terms of redefining the meanings of age and housing, and through her insistence on “young and old together.”  NSHRC provides support to “matching home sharing” programs.  Laura is also the Program Director HIP Housing, San Mateo, a nonprofit organization providing multiple housing support programs. 

Laura Fanucchi

Vice President, National Shared Housing Resource Center

Annamarie Pluhar is the founder and Executive Director of Shared Housing, Inc. Living in shared housing for over 20 years, she has developed a practical process for selecting and keeping good housemates.  She has multiple resources available including the excellent publication, first printed in 2011, Sharing Housing: A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates, which is utilized extensively by Tucson Home Sharing. She offers an online class and two discussions per month, attended by home sharing advocates and seekers throughout the country.

Annamarie Pluhar

Founder and Executive Director, Shared Housing, Inc

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Alternative Housing for Older Adults Seminar Series

Cohousing March 5th from 8:30AM-11:00AM

Shelly Parks had a long-time career as a Marketing and Sales Director in Seattle area with Continuing Care Retirement Communities. In her quest to better understand strategies for aging well, she learned about cohousing through a google search. That moment eight years ago changed her life and she jumped “all in” to the cohousing movement. She now lives in Skagit Commons,  a new cohousing community in Anacortes, Washington, has a consulting business helping forming cohousing communities get built, serves on both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for the Cohousing Association of the United States, and is currently kicking off 4th Corner Commons, a new cohousing community in Bellingham, Washington. Shelly is the Founder of CoVision Consulting.

Shelly Parks

Founder, CoVision Consulting

Jim Leach is a homebuilder with over 60 years of experience in the design, construction, and development of creative and sustainable planned neighborhoods.  As president of Wonderland Hill Development Company, he has led the company in developing over 20 cohousing communities in Colorado, California, Washington, and Arizona including Sonora and Stone Curves cohousing in Tucson.  The company’s work has been recognized by HUD, NREL, NAHB, ULI, and the AIA.

Jim is a member of the National Cohousing Association Board of Directors, www/,

He lives with his wife, Brownie in Silver Sage Cohousing in Boulder, Colorado.

Jim Leach

President, Wonderland Hill Development Company


Jim Murphy, Tucson Housing Foundation President

Liz Cozzi, UWTSA AVP Community Development