Lansing, Michigan, United States

  • Last updated: May 3, 2018 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: May 3, 2018

Mission Statement

Our house consists of working and college professionals: We are African American, Navajo, Chinese and white. We are queer and we are straight. We are introverts and and we are extroverts. We are parents, sisters, brothers, friends (no children living here full-time, currently, but families are welcome). We are scientists, artists, community activists, builders and property professionals. We are Christian, Jewish, Shamanic and Spiritual Not Religious. We are vegetarians, omnivores, cilantro-lovers and cilantro-haters. We volunteer, we practice yoga, we play Pokemon, we drive red cars, we walk, we ride the bus.

Harambee values and celebrates diversity across race, class, gender, sexuality, age, mind, and body. We recognize and organize against oppression from individual to systemic levels.

Shared Work
Harambee members work together on everything from daily chores to long-term house projects. Current projects include cleaning and renovating bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as preparing our yard for future gardening.

Healthy Living
Harambee members recognize the importance of leading fulfilling, healthful lives and support each other’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. We differ in our lifestyles but come together over delicious food and eccentric humor!

Could you describe the house?
Our house spans 3 floors and has 8 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 1 kitchen, 2 kitchenettes, 1 guest room and an unfinished basement with space for an office, lounge, exercise space and laundry room. We are a 10-minute walk from Lansing Community College, Cooley Law School, the State Capitol and the CATA main transit station (for bussing); in addition we are one street away from I-496. MSU is a five-minute drive or 30-minute bike ride.

What are the housemate responsibilities?
1) Pay rent and utilities on time.
2) Practice direct and open communication, including a commitment to ongoing learning of the ways race, class, gender and sexuality affect our lives and relationships.
3) Respect the rules and agreements agreed upon by the house.
4) Contribute to and share your vision and expertise on house chores and projects!

Community Description

Harambee Hive co-op is looking for housemates!

Why the name Harambee Hive?
In Swahili “Harambee” means “all pull together,” and “Hive” references bees and their cooperative nature. Harambee Hive is a community where members come together over diversity, shared work and healthy living.

We are a startup community coop/communal house in Southeast/Downtown Lansing that opened Sept 2014. We are 6-8 people of all ages (20s – 60s year olds)

We share groceries, do regular chores, and cook together every other week. We don’t have a television, though we’re considering a large screen for game nights and house viewings of The Wire. We do have wi-fi.

We have a spacious eight-bedroom house on three floors that is a 10 minute walk from Lansing Community College, Cooley Law School, State Capitol and CATA main transit station (to travel to all parts of Michigan!).

We have on-site parking, restaurants, shopping, cafes conveniently located in Downtown Lansing.

The house is three floors with a small yard, dining room, huge living room with sleeper couches and desk, a guest room, shared kitchen (and kitchenettes on each floor) with a dishwasher and a pantry with a washer/dryer.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2014
  • Start Living Together: 2015
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Website address: http://msu.coop
  • Community Address:
    427 W Hillsdale St
    Lansing, Michigan,
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Student Housing or Student Co-Op
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Urban


  • Status: We do not have land
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership


  • Adult Members: 4
  • Child Members: 0
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes


  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: All or close to all
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Internet

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Michigan State University Student Housing Corporation


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