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Last updated: August 21, 2013 (11 months ago)
Listing created on: August 16, 2010

Dallas Cohousing

(Dallas, Texas, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2010
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://dallascohousing.org
  • Contact Name: Angela Alston
  • Phone: 972-669-8798
  • Address:
    P. O. Box 797503
    Dallas, Texas, 75215
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    We are meeting regularly with folks interested in this concept.

    If you are interested, please call or email us.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Urban Dallas cohousing

Community Description:

We’re growing a community of like-minded folks who’d like to live cooperatively in urban Dallas, close to DART rail.

Our goals: to be affordable, sustainable, and diverse.

Our models for living together include cohousing–homes for individual households, plenty of shared space & meals, decisions by consensus–and the ecovillage concepts of living in a socially, economically and ecologically sustainable manner.

We’re interested in possibly sharing:
• work space (for those of us working from home)
• dinners
• a garden to grow some of our own food
• child care
• space for yoga, other kinds of movement
• home schooling
• cars
• a food buying club
• community-supported agriculture (CSA membership)

Our vision of retrofitting includes affordable energy efficiency and sustainability. E.g., solar-assisted hot water, rainwater reclamation, foam insulation under the roof.

Population

  • Adult Members: 2
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We welcome the possibility of shared home schooling

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Urban, Urban
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments: We envision a condominium legal structure.

    Construction not yet begun

    11

    Site targeted; forming partnership to purchase

    TBD

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: 2-8 hrs of outreach & planning per month

    $500 for full membership: reserves your place in line to choose your unit

    We’re asking $10/month for marketing purposes

Diet

  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%
  • 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 occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: this is our goal. We’ll see what the community wants as the group grows

    This is our goal: may change, depending on property we acquire

    Our goal is that any meat we eat will be humanely & sustainably raised

    We envision wine & beer with dinner, for those who enjoy it.

    We don’t smoke but would like there to be public space for smokers

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Cohousing Info

  • Building site status: Seeking Site
  • Shared common building: No

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US

Keywords

Dallas, urban, cohousing, ecovillage, Texas, sustainable

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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.
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