Full of homes but neighborhoods typically don't have strong engagement.
Community homes in close proximity offer households a richer communal living experience.
Households can co-create and co-manage programs together that are available to the entire cluster of homes.
Examples of Cluster Wide Programs
Here are just a couple of examples to get your imagination started. Some programs can be very basic and easy to implement while others might take additional resources and time to operate. Although some of these could function in a single household the benefit will be greater when applied to a cluster of homes.
Timebanking is a time-based currency. Give one hour of service to another, and receive one-time credit. You can use the credits in turn to receive services - or you can donate them to others. The focus of Timebanking is on our value as human beings. It seeks to connect us through the relationships we create through giving and receiving. It operates in this way as a complement to the money-dominated world we inhabit.
Bulk Shopping Trips
Each household needing to make shopping trips to stock up their supplies. By consolidating multiple trips together the bulk of the shopping can be achieved in less time saving time for everyone.
Tool libraries are just like traditional libraries, but with tools instead of books. They are great for people who don't want to buy/rent tools that they are only going to use once in a while. Although tool libraries exist in some areas, households may choose to have their own mini library and extend it beyond just tools.
There are many other cluster programs that can be developed over time. It just depends on the need and how much time and energy people have to create and maintain them.