PRAG House

Seattle, Washington, United States

  • Last updated: March 12, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: October 16, 2004

Mission Statement

environment, community

Community Description

Established in 1972, we are an urban housing cooperative that seeks to foster community and sustainable lifestyles. We are adults and children with ages ranging from seven to sixty-seven. We live in a large fifteen-bedroom house built in the early 1900s.

We share organic, vegetarian food, although few of our current members are vegetarian. We have at least one scheduled communal meal a month. Currently we practice a moderate form of income sharing in which members pay a portion of their income to the community in addition to payments for base dues and food.

We seek to live a more environmentally sustainable and communitarian lifestyle. Title to our property is held by the Evergreen Land Trust.

About

  • Type(s): Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Location: Urban

Housing

  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust

Membership

  • Adult Members: 12
  • Child Members: 1
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    We are not normally open to visitors. Potential visitors should send a written request submitted in advance. We will occasionally have open houses, fundraisers, or other special events that are open to people interested in the community. Please email to request more information.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Decision is made by the parents

Government

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

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments:

    Commitments to work may vary, but every individual is expected to commit some time each month to labor on the house and in other community responsibilities.

    We require a refundable deposit

    Members pay dues and money for food on a monthly basis in addition to a percentage of their income.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We communally purchase organic vegetarian whole food. The eating habits of everyone in the house is varied. We have several vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores.

    Tabacco must be used outside

  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Northwest Intentional Communities Association

Community Affiliations

Walker Creek Community, Sunset House, Sherwood Co-op, River Farm, Wild Old Women House, Pragtree Farm