Community First Housing

Last updated: May 10, 2011 (4 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.


  • Type(s): Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization


  • Current Number of Residences: 14


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


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


  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments: 20 hours per week of meaningful structure

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (includes “all religions”)


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.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge