Frequently Asked Questions
Where will the housing be built?
We hope to have several sites around the Toronto area. Options for Homes has offered 2 sites, which are slowly wending their way through the City Planning Department. One is at Cherry & Front and the other at Sherbourne & Carlton. We are also working with a developer in the Regent Park area, and are exploring a couple of other possible sites. At this point, we do not know which site might become available first. We are interested in working with any reputable developer, for we see a need for accessible co-housing in many areas of the GTA.
For information on construction delays and related issues, see OptionsForHomes.ca/blog/anatomy_of_a_development
How can I get on your mailing list?
Fill out one of our surveys. You can also send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What will be the cost of a condo in Unitarian Commons?
Our latest survey includes estimated prices.
What is your legal status?
Unitarian Commons Co-Housing Corporation is an incorporated non-profit organization.
Will personal care and nursing be part of the plan?
No. We are a community of people of many levels of ability. However, PSW or nursing care must be arranged by each individual if needed. There may be opportunities to share care providers.
What is Unitarianism?
Most faiths are based around a specific set of beliefs; Unitarian Universalists are united primarily not by “beliefs” but by “values” including tolerance, compassion and a desire to make the world a more just and humane place for all. We believe it makes no difference whether you are agnostic or atheistic or believe in Jesus, Buddha, or another deity, but rather how you live your life.
We draw from many religious and ethical sources, but the covenant which binds us together is the affirmation of our seven principles which we affirm and promote:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
For more information, see FirstUnitarianToronto.org
Do I need to be Unitarian to live in Unitarian Commons?
Unitarianism is a liberal, no-dogma faith. We welcome purchasers from other faiths, and no faith, who value living in community which also offers privacy. Religion will play no part in the daily life of the community. Unitarian Commons is intended for families with children, couples, singles, all ages and all abilities, all ethnicities, gay and straight.
What other commitments, beyond financial, are required?
Co-housing members commit to several hours of work each month for meal preparation or serving on committees. Prior to purchase, all prospective buyers will be interviewed to establish interests, skills, and willingness to share the work in support of the community.