Here’s an article from Vox entitled “Married, with Roommates“by Thomas Burnett. It’s a nice example of a secular form of co-housing intentional community. I think we can echo Burnett’s conclusion:

“In a fragmented society with little social intimacy after people leave college, shared housing is a viable alternative that shapes us in positive ways that we might not expect. Group houses challenge my wife and me to engage in conflict resolution rather than avoidance. They encourage us to be respectful and considerate of each other rather than belittle and marginalize. Though we aren’t always best friends with the people we live with, it provides us with the spontaneous social contact that we need to thrive. In light of this, it’s worth rethinking whether shared housing is just a stepping stone or a personally fulfilling destination.”

(Thanks to David Baker for sharing.)