Last updated: September 7, 2012 (2 years ago)
Listing created on: February 27, 2012

La Casa de Hueso

(Olympia, Washington, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1999  Established: 1999
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://olympiacollectivehousing.blogspot.com/
  • Contact Name: La Casa de Hueso
  • Phone: 360-915-6416
  • Address:
    129 Percival Street
    Olympia, Washington, 98502
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Email us: olympiafamilycollective@gmail.com

    or contact us through our web site, http://olympiacollectivehousing.blogspot.com/

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    Vacancies are filled by application

Mission Statement:

Community Description:

La Casa de Hueso is a collective of community members who strive to continuously create and shape the world we desire to live in. We believe in a world without oppression or hierarchy, where power is shared equally, and where all life is treated with dignity. We work to create this future by building alternatives to housing that is equally accessible to all and that encourages the exploration of what it means to live in a beloved community. Our goal as a household is to create a cooperative and supportive home, where house members can develop, create and become whatever they desire in their self, alongside others and in the world.

We are working class, welfare folks, middle class, students, activists, community organizers, queer folks, people of color, artists, musicians, animal lovers, environmentalists, enjoyers of life, socially conscious and everyday people.

Our home is a large two-story house (plus a very large basement) with 7 bedrooms (2 more in the basement), a large living room and dinning room, and kitchen. We have a large covered backspace (which is convenient for the rainy Olympia weather), a back garden space (that is used mostly for our grazing chickens), and a large front garden space (the chickens aren’t allowed here on account that they keep eating our sprouts!). We also have a large garage used for bike storage and maintenance and roof access. We are all currently renters and do not own the space (something that we would love to change one day!).

We are located on the beautiful west side of Olympia. The house is in walking distance from down town and the west side Olympia Food Co-op and a quick hop, skip and a lead from The Evergreen State College. On clear days we even have a view of Mount Rainer from our top floor.

Population

  • Adult Members: 8
  • Non-member Residents: 1
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling

Government

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

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Urban, Urban
  • Land owned by: An absentee landlord
  • Current number of residences: 1

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Shared Expenses: Partial share of expenses
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: Food, rent, utilities, other expenses are shared

Diet

  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: Seasonal produce from vegetable garden

    Local, organic, predominantly vegetarian

    never indoors

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Community Affiliations

Olympia Housing Collective

Keywords

Olympia, Washington, Collective, Housing, Casa, Hueso, Family, Black Beans, Rice, Evergreen, State,

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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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