Hei Wa House

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

  • Last updated: December 5, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

Affordable cooperative housing

Community Description

Heiwa was founded in 1985. Our current membership capacity is nine adults. We have two child members. We are a vegetarian household, and our membership tends to be environmentally conscious, politically active, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender celebratory, and musically inclined. Our home has often served as a meeting space for political and social-justice organizations, personal-growth groups, and community strengthening gatherings.
Over a period of fourteen years, we lived in four consecutive rental houses. In 1999, we purchased our current house, establishing a permanent location for Heiwa. In September of 2005, we expanded to an adjoining house. We dream about continued growth on our block, creating a cooperative neighborhood in northwest Ann Arbor.
Heiwa’s mission statement is: to provide affordable cooperative housing for a diverse membership through cooperatively owned property, communal living, and resource sharing, while upholding principles of sustainability, peace, racial and economic justice, lifelong cooperative living, and involvement in local community.
  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1985
  • Start Living Together: 1985
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Community Address:
    Miller Ave
    Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48103-3342
    United States
  • Location


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


  • Status: We do not have land
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 2
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members


  • Adult Members: 9
  • Child Members: 2
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Call or email to ask for permission to visit. People usually visit for 1 to 3 days.

  • Open to new Members: Yes


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


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0

Sustainability Practices

  • Planned renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Sauna
  • 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 Vegan, Most meals are vegan, but house money IS used to buy dairy products
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    No meat brought into house.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual