Even with all of the benefits of tool-sharing programs, they are not without their challenges. From housing cooperatives to larger public programs like Atlanta's, many common problems arise. They range from a lack of organization to funding shortages to tool maintenance.
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Courtesy Atlanta Community Tool Bank
The EcoVillage at Ithaca provides garden and workshop tools for community members to share.
Dave Wortman writes from his home in Seattle, where he is a long-time member of the Well Home Program.