Divorce experts say that kids fare better after divorce if they are able to stay in the same neighborhood, go to the same school, live near their friends and their other parent. But in neighborhoods with rapidly climbing rents and out of control real estate prices, finding an affordable home on a post-divorce income is out of reach for many parents. Enter the “mommune” a group of two or more single parents and their kids who share a living space. These co-living arrangements can take a variety of shapes (as they have for millennia in almost all communities at one time or another), but they all aim to reduce the financial burden on single divorced parents.
Tuesday, September 19th
5 PM ET / 2 PM PT
Carmel Boss, the founder of CoAbode was newly divorced with two kids when she decided to post a notice at her kids’ school that read “single mom seeks same to pool resources and share a house with a garden.” The enormous number of responses tipped her off to the fact that there were legions of single moms like her, who were interested in living with other moms in order to share responsibilities and build a nurturing community for their kids.
Holly Harper is a marketing and communications expert, and founder of the D.C. branding firm, Blue Bike. After her divorce, she teamed up with a single mom friend to buy a home. They fixed it up and in 2020, they launched what they decided to call “The Siren House” as a cooperative. Things got complicated when the third mom who joined didn’t turn out to be a great fit. Still a mommune resident and proponent (she and her friend now own six properties), she is eager to share her accrued wisdom.
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