Milagro Cohousing

Tucson, Arizona, United States

  • Last updated: November 26, 2017 (3 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

To demonstrate and develop skills in community and ecological living

Community Description

Milagro Cohousing is a multigenerational neighborhood of 28 households clustered on eight of our 43 acres in the Tucson Mountains. Our mission is to create community living which values consensus decision making in a nurturing environment, encouraging the contribution and growth of each individual. We value living in an environmentally friendly way that is sustainable.
  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1994
  • Start Living Together: 2002
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://www.milagrocohousing.org/
  • Contact Name: Milagro Cohousing
  • Community Address:
    3057 North Gaia Pl
    Tucson, Arizona, 85745
    United States
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About

  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, Occasionally host outside events
  • Location: Suburban

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 43 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 28
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    Homes sit on small lots owned by individual members; common areas such as parking area, pathways, common house are owned by the community.

    Homes share common walls to conserve energy. Each of eleven buildings contain 2, 3, or 4 homes. Seven of the homes have guest houses in the rear of their lots.

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    Common house includes a large kitchen, pantry and two dishwashers, a large dining area, children’s play room and library with the community’s sole fireplace. The swimming pool is north of the common house. There is also a laundry room with two washers, a drier and outdoor drying yard.

    We find this model has supported our mission. It is a dynamic model fostering an ongoing learning experience.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 49
  • Child Members: 13
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Email us and let us know what dates you plan to be in the Tucson area. Please make reservations. A tour includes seeing our common house, common landscaped areas, sewage treatment wetlands, and possibly an interior of a home. If weather permits (i.e., not too hot), a walk of the 43-acre property perimeter may also be possible.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    go to website, www.milagrocohousing.org for information on homes for sale

  • Additional Comments:

    We share in common a respect for the environment. We offer a reflective opening prior to each community meeting, which takes place once a month, and at which we make decisions by consensus. Each member is expected to contribute to the maintenance of the physical and social structure of the community in ways that they choose.

Government

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

    When a decision is needed, the appropriate committee brings a proposal to the monthly community meeting for clarification and possible amendment. It is discussed until all members present can, at a minimum, live with the decision and not block it. At least half the households must be represented to make a quorum. If consensus is impossible, a vote of 90% is needed to pass the proposal.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Additional Comments:

    Income isn’t shared, but some members have made substantial loans to other members which have allowed them to purchase their Milagro home when our house prices grew higher than expected.

    We have no hour/month figure, but we expect and our literature states that all members will contribute in their own way. For some this is doing landscaping, for others preparing a meal for the landscape crew or making phone calls to remind others of the work schedule. Members maintain or arrange for maintenance of the common facilities and serve on committees which keep the community running.

    Individuals join by attending three meetings/events and paying the purchase price of a home set by the seller. By attending a community or committee meeting, future members are able to assess if they are compatible with our communication styles and ways of relating.

    Under Arizona law, we are required to form a Home Owners’ Association and we pay dues.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Workshop, Swimming pond or pool, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, playroom and laundry room
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), vegan and gluten-free options
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Common meals are usually held on Saturday evenings.

    We have fruit trees that are producing. We have a very small community garden, but some members’ yards are bountiful. Smoking is not allowed in the common areas.

    Common meal cooks strive to cook organic foods with both a meat and vegan option.

    If members want alcohol, they bring their own to common meal. We recently started a happy hour on Sunday.

    Use of tobacco is prohibited in the common areas and in and around the common house; members may use it in their private spaces (indoors or patios).

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
  • Additional Comments:

    Some of us celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Easter together with potlucks, decorations, and children’s activities, such as cookie decorating and Easter egg hunts.

Additional Comments

Sitting on 43 acres and surrounded by 3 acre lots on three sides, we have a sense of the rural. However, we are only 15 minutes from downtown Tucson by local road.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Coho/US, Tucson Mountain Association

Keywords

ecological, multigenerational, consensus, desert, permaculture, diverse, solar, social, community