Family-friendly housing

This page provides information and resources for the following related topics:

  • Family-friendly housing
  • Child-friendly housing
  • Multi-generational housing
  • Inter-generational housing

This page is just getting started. Please post if you have some suggestions for additions to the resources.

Exceptional introduction from Portland, Oregon project. Click to open PDF.

Good high-level, recent article on Toronto’s approach. Click to view web page.

Another Canadian City with a sensible focus — North Vancouver. Click here to read one of the blog entries from the Child in the City website. Here’s an excerpt:

“Moodyville will be a family-friendly community. It is pre-zoned and master planned to include parks and is connected to the Spirit Trail. It will include compact developments like rowhomes,townhomes, low-rise condos, and even woonerfs, which create living streets as shared social spaces that are used by pedestrians, cyclists and cars.”

Research on Habitats for Children: The Impacts of Density.

Bridge Meadows is an “intentional intergenerational living community in Portland where youth formerly in foster care, their adoptive parents, and elders find a true home built with love and a shared vision of a better tomorrow.” Learn more at their website:

The Generations United site has some good resources on “Multigenerational Households.” “Intergenerational shared sites” are programs where older adults and young people receive services at the same site and both generations interact during regularly scheduled intergenerational activities, as well as through informal encounters. Click here to read GU’s “Fact Sheet.”


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