Baynton East Housing Collective

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

  • Last updated: January 23, 2017 (4 months ago)
  • Listing created on: January 23, 2017

Mission Statement

Sustainable and Satisfying Living

Community Description

We are a group of 8-11 individuals (adults and kids) who make a commitment to co-housing in one big house for one year at a time; our membership can change each year, usually in June. The house is owned by a married couple who live as part of the co-op with their 2 children. We have adequate space for 11 long-term members maximum, which includes 3 two-three room suites for couples/small families, 1 “in-law quarters” apartment with private kitchen and access, and 2 single bedrooms.

We share housing to create a space to practice “mindful living” with the support and accountability of a small group. Through open dialogue and consensus-based agreements and practices, we try to understand and support one another’s vocations, reduce expenses by splitting costs, reduce resource usage, and offer one another positive social support. We are a safe space for minorities of all kinds.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2003
  • Start Living Together: 2007
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Contact Name: Nikki Kleinberg
  • FIC Membership

    Since 2017
    This Community is an FIC Member


  • Type(s): Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Programs & Activities: individuals and families practice personal integrity and vocation.
  • Location: Urban


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 0.5 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 11
  • Planned number of residences: 11
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Housing Provided: Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members


  • Adult Members: 8
  • Child Members: 4
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Visitor Process:

    We have one guest room that can sleep 3 if someone needs a short stay. Send Nikki an email..!

  • Membership Process:

    Email Nikki, communicate with her, then visit the household for 1-3 dinners, enter into dialogue to mutually share any info of interest for co-housing, read and consider our housing agreement (which changes with membership to reflect the needs and wishes of the house members).


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments:

    Equity members lead long-term structure and decisions; non-equity members lead decisions equally as one is interested for needs that effect the one-year time frame.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $300
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 4
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet, music rehearsal space (indoor sound-insulated studio)
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Wiccan, Protestant, Lutheran, Catholic, Quaker, Sufi, Native American, Paganism or Earth Religions, Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice, Bahai, Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist, United Methodist
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    We generally expect house members to be vaccinated according to the CDC recommendations, unless medical conditions prevent it.

  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)