Last updated: March 7, 2014 (1 month ago)
Listing created on: February 16, 2008

Maitri House

(Takoma Park, Maryland, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 2007  Established: 2008
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Ryan McAllister
  • Phone: 301-779-8388
  • Address:
    Manor Circle
    Takoma Park, Maryland, 20912
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    To request to visit, please first visit our website, and then include information about yourself and your interests and motivations for visiting.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    To see if we have openings and learn about joining Maitri House:

Mission Statement:

Caring relationships, social justice, environmental justice

Community Description:

We recognize that having the most fulfilling lives possible is largely accomplished by the quality and depth of our relationships with others. We therefore envision creating a caring, sustainable community in which we communicate with each other thoughtfully.

We are a semi-urban, parent- and child-inclusive co-op household, with the goals of:

• Deepening our self-awareness and capacity to communicate
• Sharing resources and lives within the community
• Having a mix of ages and backgrounds of people within the community
• Having a more positive impact on the environment, including being within walking distance of many destinations and resources
• Supporting social justice goals, such as peacefulness, fair trade, and responsible buying

We value welcoming members of diverse backgrounds, ages, and family status (with or without children).


  • Adult Members: 11
  • Child Members: 5
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Additional Comments: Using values-based consensus

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Urban
  • Area: 0.3 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current number of residences: 1
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid, Solar

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Partial share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: Labor hours are for our Community Service Share, a few hours per week

    Financial contributions go to Equity, Occupancy Costs, and Community Fund


  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional comments: Our community fund only purchases vegan food, and with a preference for local, organic and fair-trade. But other food is allowed.

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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.