Chicago, Illinois, United States
- Last updated: May 22, 2015 (2 years ago)
- Listing created on: June 8, 2008
In order to live more connected and sustainable lives, the members of the Roost strive to build cooperative economic models and supportive relationships. Our democratic atmosphere fosters creativity, self-expression, and faith in others. In modeling our values we practice hospitality, combat oppression, and support social and environmental movements.
Our common interest in social and environmental justice ties us together, though our individual approaches to these issues vary widely. Over the last few years, individual Roosties have taught bicycle mechanics, done investigative reporting, organized with a campaign against evictions, worked on a Mennonite cooperative farm, organized for higher field-worker wages, fought against gentrification, challenged militarism in schools, created a sex-positive film collective, and taught self-expression through dance.
There’s a lot going on, and part of our task is simply to set aside time for each other in common dinners and weekly meetings. Roosties share chores and costs, and make decisions by consensus. We try to structure our lives so as to minimize waste and consumption by composting, recycling, and purchasing bulk groceries. We also occasionally can and freeze food for the winter.
We strive to be trans-, queer-, sex-and body-positive.
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 2007
- Start Living Together: 2007
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: No
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- Website address: http://theroostchicago.tumblr.com/
- Contact Name: Jaxon Blayke
1245 W Jarvis #2
Chicago, Illinois, 60626
- Type(s): Shared Housing (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling.)
- Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
- Identified Leader: No
- Leadership Core Group: No
- Join Fee: $320
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
- Shared Income: Partial share of income
- Required Labor Contribution per Week: 2
- Open to members with existing debt: Yes
- Additional Comments:
Members contribute 2% (capped at $20) of monthly income to a shared account.
One night weekly cooking and dishes, plus house chores.
A security deposit of $320 that is refundable with a 30 day notice of moving out.
Monthly rent and food costs are roughly $350-450 each month. We also do 2% income-sharing.
- Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
- Planned food produced: Up to 25%
- Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
- Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Vegetarian (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay), Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.)
- Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
- Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
- Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
- Additional Diet Comments:
All house food and community dinners are vegetarian . Members are allowed to purchase and prepare non-vegetarian items.
- Education Style(s): Up to each individual
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)
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