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During the current COVID Pandemic

The Higher Ground Community HOA Board has chosen to give priority use of the Common House to neighborhood children to accommodate distance learning during the 2020-2021 school year.

School is in session Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  The School asks that community members attempt to work around these hours in requesting usage of the Common House.  We are willing to work with community members to continue to share the space.  Evenings and weekends are open and Wednesdays are flexible.  Please contact Casey or Spencer directly if you’d like to use the Common House during or outside of school hours.

If you should use the Common House outside of school hours, please follow these Guidelines:

  • The Higher Ground Board does not recommend using the common house, but if people feel safe, people may use at their own risk. Also, with the following guidelines:
  • Follow physical distancing as mandated by the State of Oregon guidelines.
  • Limit the size of the event to allow for physical distancing (the space is relatively small). 25 is the state-mandated maximum.
  • Clean before, just in case it was not cleaned well before because we are not policing the cleaning.
  • Clean thoroughly after using per posted instructions.
  • Non-food events only.
  • Higher Ground residents must host the events. Attendance is limited to Higher Ground residents and Cretia Court residents only.
  • As usual, no unsupervised children.
  • Use the Daggett entrance only.
  • There will be a latch on the door to the old common house, so stay in the new common house. Use the bathroom upstairs in the new common house.
  • Again, use at your own risk.
  • The guest room will remain closed.

Higher Ground School Guidelines:

  • Students and adults will use the Daggett entrance and the upstairs bathroom during the day.
  • An adult or adults associated with the school will be on-site before, during and after school hours to supervise, support and assist students.
  • Students and adults will not enter the old Common House.
  • Students and adults will clean surfaces, handles and switches at the end of each day.
  • Students will have work stations that are distanced to meet State regulations.
  • Students and adults will bring a lunch to school and eat in the common house, or outside (weather permitting).

Find homes at Higher Ground to buy or rent here!

“… together, we can do so much.” –Helen Keller

Founded in the early ’90s, Higher Ground Cohousing Community attracts residents who are interested in knowing their neighbors and living a sustainable life.

We value a multi-generational community, and welcome families, singles, and couples of all ages.

Our community is 39 households on seven acres at the corner of Jackson Ave. and Daggett Lane in northeast Bend. Homes range from 1000 to 2000 square feet, and are built on privately owned lots. Many homes are energy efficient and were built with environmentally-friendly materials.

About four acres of the community are owned and enjoyed as common ground. Common areas include a kids’ playground, two meadows, a pond and waterfall, an orchard, and a large and thriving community garden. Our buildings, roads, and paths were developed to adapt to the natural terrain. Beautiful rock outcroppings, native wildflowers, and the two meadows have been preserved.

In addition to these shared grounds, common facilities include a common house for socializing and dining indoors or outdoors, a multi-purpose room, a guest room, and a sauna and outdoor hot tub. We manage our common grounds and facilities through a Homeowners’ Association, and maintain them with a mix of community work parties and paid help.

Community Gardens are the best!

Like other co-housing community residents, we share some meals at the common house, create and participate in fun and connecting events, and serve on the board and committees.

Find out if you and Higher Ground are a good match here!