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.

Jefferson Westside Neighbors resolution initiating effort to create Family-Friendly Housing on the old Naval Reserve site on W. 13th Ave. Click to open PDF.

Exceptional introduction from Portland, Oregon project. Click to open PDF.
Click here to view active links to additional resources.

An insightful article on child-friendly urban housing and environments. Click to view web page.

Seattle’s “FUN!” Family-Oriented Urban Neighborhoods initiative. Click to open PDF.

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

Vancouver evaluation of False Creek North mixed/family-friendly development. Click to open PDF.

Nova Scotia Family-Friendly Transportation Guidelines. Click to open PDF.

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.

Cautionary advice regarding “Fair Housing” regulations and the term “Family-Friendly.” Click here to view web page.

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 Sheets.”

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