Last updated: December 28, 2013 (1 year ago)
Listing created on: June 9, 2006
(East Palo Alto, California, United States)
- Status: Established
- Started Planning: 1992
- Start Living Together: 1992
- Open to new Members: Yes
East Palo Alto, California, 94303
Open to new Members: Yes
As room becomes available
Communication, Shared living
We currently have 15 active participants in the “community minded” group, varying in age from one to 70s: teachers, beauticians, jacks-of-all-trades, social worker, massage therapist, movie animator; retired computer programmers, scientist, carpenter, and family practicioner.
Most of us in the two shared houses buy our food together, then cook independent meals, except for the weekly community dinner and meeting, which all residents attend. We expect that each person will run his or her own life, while we come together for mutual support.
Everyone does a chore a week for the community as a whole, and another for one of the households. Beyond this, the primary commitment made by people who live here is agreeing to bring up and work out any tensions or problems as they occur—an ongoing communication challenge for all of us!
When we do have an opening, applicants are invited to view our place, then come for a more complete discussion of mutual desires and expectations. The decision to invite someone to move in is made by the existing residents, using our usual consensus process.