Last updated: May 10, 2011 (3 years ago)
Listing created on: May 10, 2011

Community First Housing

(Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States)

Mission Statement:

Mental health

Community Description:

Community First Housing (CFH) is an intentional community located in the Southeast section of Albuquerque, New Mexico. It’s modeled after Gould Farm, a therapeutic farm community in Western Massachusetts. CFH provides urban community living to persons living with mental illness as well as housing for persons looking for a more intentional community experience.


  • Adult Members: 4
  • Non-member Residents: 2
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (includes “all religions”)


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Urban, Urban
  • Current number of residences: 14

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Additional Comments: 20 hours per week of meaningful structure


  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


mental illness

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.