Bloomington Cooperative Living Inc.

Bloomington, Indiana, United States

  • Last updated: July 27, 2018 (3 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: February 1, 2011

Mission Statement

community, sustainability

Community Description

Bloomington Cooperative Living is a housing cooperative in Bloomington, IN. We currently house almost 50 residents in three houses. Our mission is to foster an economically, ecologically, and socially sustainable society by promoting the value of cooperation and diversity. We were born in 2007, on Halloween.

Our houses, Helm’s Deep, Woodlandia and Middle Earth are all walking distance to the IU-Bloomington campus as well as to the heart of downtown Bloomington. Middle Earth house is owned by our cooperative, while the other two properties are rented. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit for low-income housing, so we keep all our rent expenses affordable. To accomplish this, we share expenses for food and utilities, driving costs down.

Our membership includes a range of undergraduate, graduate and non-students. We feel that a diverse membership enriches the coop, especially since we practice democratic decision-making at the house- and coop-level. Our coop is active in the local community, ranging from participation in the art and music scene, hosting events in collaboration with other organizations that align with our mission, and sharing our space with volunteer groups like Food Not Bombs.

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  • Type(s): Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Student Housing or Student Co-Op
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Urban


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Housing Provided: Rental
  • Land owned by: The Community


  • Adult Members: 45
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    email us ([email protected]) or visit any of the houses; the houses have dinner every night @ 7pm. Addresses at our website –

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    We ask prospective tenants to fill out an application, visit all the houses, and participate in a cooking shift. After that, we do an informal interview and vote on whether to approve their membership so that they can sign a lease. Learn more at


  • Decision Making: Voting (majority or super-majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments:

    Some votes are consensus, membership votes require 55%


  • Join Fee: $37
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 5
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Large Scale Kitchen, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Dietary Practice: Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Informally ovo-lacto vegetarian, some folks eat meat

  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual

Community Affiliations

North American Students of Cooperation


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