Mutually supportive, active living, because the best is yet to be!

Our mission...

We are active seniors who desire to live within the city of Chattanooga in a mutually supportive, simplified, economical community, in a building that is sustainably designed and operated.

Our goals...

A cooperative, economical living situation that promotes an active, healthy lifestyle for up to 16 individuals. The plan will allow residents to:

  • Avoid long-term institutional care
  • Live together in a facility with a large central area and eight attached private units
  • Employ assistants to provide basic housekeeping, driving, and personal aid as needed
  • Demonstrate this style of living for our neighborhood and the community at large.

Each person joining our community will commit to a cooperative consensus lifestyle with frequent interaction with the other co-housing members, including some shared meals. Each will recognize that differences of opinion are a natural part of social interaction, and commit to conflict resolution processes by consensus when necessary.

The initiators have created a set of proposed policies. These policies are still in development and will remain so until all participants who will join this special community are in place, are able to give input, and the community as a whole can make final decisions.


Consensus is a process by which a group reaches agreements that are truly satisfactory to all members.

Senior means 55+ years of age.

Secure refers to physical, emotional, and financial security.

Sustainably designed means utilizing environmentally friendly building standards that reduce carbon footprint

Urban...We are located on Washington Street in Chattanooga’s exciting Southside, within easy walking distance of many urban amenities.

Active lifestyle... enjoying mobility to the extent possible within age and physical limitations; willingness to expand one's knowledge and outlook on life, and willingnesss to respect differing views.

Economical... We plan to share costs of owning and operating the common space, including utilities, property taxes, insurance and city services. We will share supplies, tools, equipment and common meal costs. We aim to reduce the number of cars to a few fuel-efficient vehicles to serve all our transportation needs.

Finn & Jeanne Bille

Sue Reynold's bioBill Reynolds' bio

Jay Ku's bioCharles P. Hughes' bio

Kurtz's bio

R Dube's bio

A Curtis's bio

Some facility ideas...

CCSH property is located at 1511 Washington St. Chattanooga, TN. 37408 in the Southside area. Please note that these sketches are informal concepts of the proposed facility and are subject to change.

Sample Sketch of Facility
Sample Sketch of Facility
Sample Sketch of Facility

Each private unit will accommodate a relatively generous bedroom and bathroom and modest sitting room/kitchenette, and will be approximately 400–1000 square feet in size.

The common space will include living, dining, and kitchen space (open and connected) with separate rooms for music, TV, library, laundry, workshop, exercise-activity area, storage, and guest quarters. The entire common area is anticipated to be approximately 4,000 square feet.

Once again, these are our beginning thoughts. If these concepts appeal to you, come join us and share your ideas with us!

(All facilities will be handicapped accessible.)

Costs involved...

The anticipated investment for ownership of the private apartments and share of the common areas is $175,000 to $350,000 depending on the actual size of the apartment. The monthly fees could run approximately $1000 per unit and would include a fund for long-term maintenance, normal daily household upkeep (including paid help*, taxes, insurance, shared utilities. It would not cover costs of food.)

*Although cooperative living will reduce the need of help for chores we can do ourselves, as we age, some assistance may be needed for chores such as the following:

  • Arrange for, monitor, and supervise thorough cleaning
  • Grocery shopping
  • Pharmacy, drugstore stops
  • Driving members on errands or to appointments
  • Aid with bookkeeping, accounting, paying bills
  • Aid with computer skills and IT work
  • Call for and arrange for repairs on appliances, plumbing, electrical, sewer, water, etc.

Please note that all of our proposed community life policies are provisional until we have community consensus.

The staff...

At the beginning, there will be limited outside assistance. Over time — as our needs change — CCSH anticipates that the duties listed below would eventually be handled by staff and/or shared by other members.

Check supplies Pharmacy, drugstore stops
Sweep & mop floors as needed Drive members on errands and to appointments
Laundry Help with entertaining on an occasional basis
Assist with cooking (dinner, mainly) Aid with computer skills
Grocery shopping Arrange for IT assistance
Pay bills Arrange, monitor, and supervise thorough cleaning of facility
Call for and arrange for repair work for appliances, plumbing, electrical, sewer, water, etc. Light clean-up (clear sink, tables, chairs and counters in living area after meals)


For an enlarged view and text, click on the desired photo

  • Left to right: Charles Hughes, Jay Ku, Jeanne & Finn Bille
  • Left to right: Sue Reynolds, Jay Ku & Jeanne Bille
  • Sue & Bill Reynolds
  • Finn Bille
  • Charles Hughes & Finn Bille
  • Jay Ku & Jeanne Bille
  • Jay Ku
  • Jay Ku and Charles Hughes
  • Sandy Kurtz
  • Bill Kurtz
  • Jay Ku and her family
  • Left to right: Jeanne Bille, Finn Bille, Charles Hughes, Bill Reynolds; front: Jay Ku
  • Bill and Sue Reynolds
  • Bill Reynolds
  • Sue Reynolds
  • Charles Hughes
  • Left to right: Charles Hughes, Jeanne & Finn Bille
  • Finn Bille
  • Finn Bille
  • Jeanne Bille
  • Jay Ku
  • Clockwise from left: Finn Bille, Charles Hughes, Bill Reynolds, Jay Ku, Jeanne Bille (with her back to the photographer)
  • ScadPad Project: (L-R) Top row - Charles Hughes, Bill Kurtz, Finn Bille. Middle - Jeanne Bille, Jay Ku. Bottom Row - Anne Curtis, Sandy Kurtz, Sue Reynolds.
  • CCSH Work Day
  • CCSH Work Day
  • CCSH Work Day
  • CCSH Work Day
  • CCSH Work Day
  • CCSH Work Day
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