Eighteenth Ave Peace House

Portland, Oregon, United States

  • Last updated: January 3, 2019 (3 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: July 2, 2011

Mission Statement

Income-sharing Community

Community Description

We are 13 persons–couples and singles– who share a common life and ministry in a large house in the Irvington neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. Sharing includes income, possessions, time, affection and a Christian faith that is ecumenical, open and inclusive. Ministries include (a) community building, (b)peacemaking through personal witness and non-violent action, (c)hospitality, including a free weekly meal for low income, homeless people and (at times) free on site hospice care for persons who are dying, and (d)support for persons who are grieving because of personal loss and/or the disintegration of the social order.

Every morning we gather for community prayer and Bible study, and every evening we share a common meal. Visitors are encouraged to join us for these activities, although in the case of supper we ask people to call us ahead of time.

In 2011 we celebrated our 25th anniversary. Four of the original founding members of the household are still here after these many years.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1985
  • Start Living Together: 1986
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • 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
  • Website address: http://thepeacehouse.org
  • Contact Name: John T. Schwiebert
  • Phone: 503 281-3697
  • Community Address:
    2116 NE 18th Ave
    Portland, Oregon, 97212
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Location: Urban


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 1 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Another form of Non-profit


  • Adult Members: 9
  • Child Members: 2
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Call John or Pat Schwiebert at 503 281-3697 and let’s talk!

  • Membership Process:

    Prospective housemate gets acquainted with one or more housemembers.
    Prospective housemate participates in daily morning prayer gathering as often as possible.
    Prospective housemate views list of community practices and expectations.
    Existing members and prospective housemates meet together in a Quaker-style “clearness meeting” leading to a mutual decision.


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices

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


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Library, Hot tub or hot springs, Large Scale Kitchen, Swingsets & play areas, 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: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Christian, Quaker
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: Yes
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    Active in recovery from addictions

  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church


Income-sharing; Ecumenical Christian, Peacemaking, Hospitality