Cooperative Housing Clusters

We hope this section will inspire those that are just starting to dream big, expanding their vision of what's possible. If you're an established cooperative house you might be interested in expanding your community inside your neighborhood.

The following ↓ is a continuation of the "Starting an Intentional Community" section (please read that first)

Dream Big

For those interested in going beyond a single cooperative house, we want to present the option of having groups of homes cluster together in close proximity. Each household acts autonomously but together they create a dynamic community experience. Clusters of homes can benefit by having group events and a wider net of people to combine efforts, lean on, and grow together with. Additionally, cooperative homes can benefit by managing and participating in cluster-wide programs.

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Typical
Neighborhood

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Full of homes but it's very common for neighbors not to have much engagement and many live as strangers to each other

Cluster
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Community homes in close proximity offer households a dynamic communal living experience.

Cluster Wide
Programs

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Households can co-manage and participate in 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.

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Time Bank

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.

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Bulk Shopping Trips

Each household needs to make shopping trips to stock up on their supplies. By consolidating multiple trips together the bulk of the shopping can be achieved in less time saving time for everyone. Bulk purchases can also drive down the price of some items.

Tools

Tool Library

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. These libraries can be extended beyond just tools too.

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And Others

Many other cluster-wide programs can be developed over time. Types of programs will depend on the need and how much time and energy people have to create and maintain them.

We're Here To Help

Resources

Browse Our Resources

  • Check out our Resource Page which has a range of information to get you going. 
  • We also recommend checking out the online course for Starting a Community presented by FIC which is a live course led by an instructor.  Very helpful as a starting point and they offer many other online courses worth checking out.
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Have Questions? Let's Talk

  • Please browse through the resources provided from the above links.
  • Afterward, feel free to reach out by sending us a message (contact form at bottom of this page) if you have questions about getting started. But keep in mind that we are a volunteer organization, we'll do our best to answer questions but our resources are limited. If we don't have an answer for you we'll do our best to point you in the right direction.
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RSVP to Our Next Community Gathering

  • Come join one of our upcoming Community Gathering events (Spring and Fall each year) which are a great place to meet seekers looking to join a community.
  • You can learn quite a bit about starting a community from those that are a part of one and discuss what has worked for them and what didn't.
  • Also, each event has guest speakers or workshops which can help you along in your journey.
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Browse Our Directory

  • Once you're ready you can post a listing to our directory for the community you are starting. This will help you attract new members to help you along the way or move in once it's ready. 

Stay Connected

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Connect Through Our Newsletter or Facebook

  • Sign up for our newsletter to stay connected and receive updates in your inbox. The newsletter includes announcements of our upcoming Community Gathering, any new directory listings (a great way to find new members), and various other updates.
  • You may also follow us on Facebook for similar updates if newsletters are not your thing.

Let's Talk

When writing to us please keep in mind that we're a volunteer-operated organization. We'll do our best to answer questions but our resources are limited. If we don't have an answer for you we'll do our best to point you in the right direction.  Also, we aim to reply in a timely matter but sometimes you might experience delays, please bear with us.

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