Whitehall Intentional Society, Inc.

Austin, Texas, United States

  • Last updated: February 13, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

independence within community

Community Description

Whitehall is a democratically run, vegetarian, multi-generational housing cooperative. Our mission is to offer affordable housing, with an emphasis on community living. A Whitehall fact sheet from the late ‘80s states that Whitehall strives to achieve a non-sexist, non-racist, non-competitive living environment, and we continue with those intentions and values today.

Whitehall was established in 1949 as an all-women’s student co-op. We went co-ed and started accepting non-students in 1971. You can learn more about Whitehall’s history on the Whitehall History site.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1949
  • Start Living Together: 1949
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Website address: http://www.whitehallcoop.com
  • Phone: 512-472-7382
  • Community Address:
    2500 Nueces St
    Austin, Texas, 78705-4522
    United States
  • Location


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


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: The Community


  • Adult Members: 14
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    We enjoy hosting visitors for a meal and are glad to give a tour. To visit Whitehall, contact us in advance by e-mail if possible.

  • Open to new Members: Yes


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

    We have officer positions including President, Treasurer, Secretary, Labor Coordinator, and others.

    The board is made up of four officers and a community trustee. Their powers are limited and the full membership must approve all policies and decisions of the board.

    We have a slightly modified consensus process where two dissenting votes are required to veto a policy or decisions.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 5
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    5 hours a week

    1st month’s room and board and $500 deposit

    room and board

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Wind
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Fire pit, Internet, laptop, TV for watching movies, patio area
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We do not spend our pooled money on meat. Most cooks offer wheat and dairy free options.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No