Santa Rosa Creek Commons

Santa Rosa, California, United States

  • Last updated: August 2, 2018 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

Cooperative living
Environmental sensitivity
Affordable housing

Community Description

SRCC (Santa Rosa Creek Commons) is an established Limited Equity Housing Cooperative (LEHC) where everyone is a shareholder and manager. We are located near downtown Santa Rosa, California. Our property includes 27 units in three 2-story apartment buildings and two older houses that have been divided into duplexes. As a cooperative, each household owns one share in the nonprofit corporation that owns the property. Members are considered owners, but rather than owning the unit occupied, members collectively own the whole property. Members purchase a share just prior to moving in and pay a regular monthly Carrying Charge that covers the mortgage, insurance, maintenance, water/sewer, garbage/recycling and overhead. All members form the Board of Directors. Decisions are made using a consensus process in which proposals are generated by committees and decided upon by the Board at a monthly meeting. Each member contributes at least 8 hours a month in labor, in addition to the Board meeting and two committee meetings. SRCC is self-managed, and we do as much of our own maintenance as we can. Social events include monthly potlucks, holiday parties, an annual 4th of July+SRCC Anniversary party, and other celebrations. Most of our community sits well off the street, nestled into a forest glen next to a year-round creek that runs through town. We are honored to have been referred to as a little piece of Walden in downtown Santa Rosa. Shops and restaurants in downtown Santa Rosa are just a short walk away, as are nearby services such as the main post office and library, government offices (including City Hall, state and federal buildings), and Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1978
  • Start Living Together: 1982
  • 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:
  • Contact Name: Sibyl Star
  • Phone: (707) 595-4399
  • Community Address:
    887 Sonoma Ave
    Santa Rosa, California, 95404
    United States
  • Location


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


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 1.9 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Multi-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 27
  • Planned number of residences: 0
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: our nonprofit corporation
  • Additional Comments:

    One of the two houses at SRCC was built in 1906 and is a historic Victorian bungalow. We have 2 community rooms: a Commons Room with half bath and partial kitchen (half of a duplex) and a Laundry/Lounge in one of the apartment buildings. Each member with a car is assigned to a carport. Not all members have their own car and there are fewer carport spaces than there are units.


  • Adult Members: 32
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 3
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Send an email directly or call Sibyl Star. Visit our website and download an inquiry form.

  • Membership Process:

    Applicants need to get to know our community. To help with that, we require applicants to attend a couple (each) board meetings, pot lucks, work days, and committee meetings. Once they have fulfilled these requirements, they are added to a Waiting List. When a vacancy is imminent, a Membership Application Review Committee (MARC) is formed from members of the committees that will be most affected by the introduction of new member(s). The process favors those applicants who have demonstrated interest in actively participating, who understand consensus, and who possess (or are willing to learn) the skills currently needed to maintain or improve our ability to self-manage (e.g., financial management, leadership and building maintenance). MARC chooses the top candidates, each of whom has previously been approved as a potential member. We cannot predict how long you will be on the list before you are offered a unit. We do not choose based on date applied, but rather based on the skills the community needs.

  • Additional Comments:

    Although we are not a senior community, about half of our membership is comprised of longtime members in their 60s through 80s. We are striving to improve the ways we handle aging in community. Although individual members may volunteer to assist those who ask for help, hired caregivers are also used by those who need more than occasional help. Because we depend on active participation in order to be self-managing, we are not an appropriate retirement community. We have always been open to people with varying abilities–and disabilities. All members, regardless of age or condition, actively participate in self-management (or contribute to a working hours fund) and serve on committees.


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Each year a slate of officers (President, Vice President, Secretary and CFO) is chosen by the Board. These four people serve as the Executive Committee. Some people serve for multiple years, some never. The President and VP facilitate Board meeting with the assistance of an all-volunteer Facilitation Team. Committee Chairs are also considered leaders.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 2
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments:

    Shares are generally less than $20,000, set according to the square foot size of the unit occupied. When a member moves from one unit to another within the community, they sell back their old share and purchase the new one. A monthly Carrying Charge covers community expenses (including water, garbage, mortgage, insurance, etc) but not individual member expenses (phone, internet, gas & electricity). All new members pay by the current square-foot rate (based on the size of the unit they occupy).

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Wind, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Waterfront access
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Mostly Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Most community meals are potlucks. Once a month, following our Work Day, the community provides a vegetarian soup. Members and guests contribute other food (like bread & butter, crackers & cheeses.and dessert).

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Christian, Quaker, Unitarian Universalist, Paganism or Earth Religions, Atheist, Agnostic
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    Although individual community members may volunteer to assist someone who is sick or injured or recovering from surgery, the community itself does not organize or provide healthcare services. Individuals who need it are expected to be responsible for their own assistance from outside caregivers. Those who become unable to contribute to the community due to health issues choose to move to other housing (assisted living, board & care, family).

  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
  • Additional Comments:

    A strong volunteer ethic and friendship within the community results in members stepping forward to help whenever any member needs temporary caregiving like meals, laundry, help with errands, etc. Several members have healthcare experience and are willing to offer help when called upon, as time permits. All members are encouraged to prepare for emergencies, in addition to the supplies and equipment kept by the community for that purpose.

Additional Comments

Other Community Type = Limited Equity Housing Cooperative (LEHC)

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Community Affiliations

Monan’s Rill is informally a sister community founded by the same group of folks (the Earth Quakers) at about the same time.


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