Collective Houses

Mutual support in the domestic realm fosters stronger individuals and stronger communities.

Collective House def: a residence where people share space, food, stuff, housework, and sometimes money. Houses are based around consciously shared values.
Also know as Domestic Collective. In the United States known as Co-op House.

Collective living is a powerful form of activism which allows us to exercise our values of social and environmental justice right in the home. Together, we hold safe space for individual and collective growth, and literally support each other in the work of healthy living. Together, we live lightly and respectfully on this earth.

What is a collective house?

Collective houses are one option on the spectrum of long-term shared living, a spectrum that also includes co-housing, coop apartments, and other shared land models. Unlike in co-housing and coop models, a collective house is a home where people – ranging from families with children to single adults – share personal living space and daily lives with housemates.

Collective house members usually share food and shopping, nightly house dinners, social areas of the house, some amount of money (how much varies by house), and shared values, which also vary from house to house. Systems are developed within houses to facilitate this sharing and working together. These systems help reduce conflict, and also increase connection and promote meaningful interactions between residents.

Most houses are centered around variations on social and/or environmental justice. Rather than just temporarily sharing space as roommates, collective living is often a long-term life choice for those who prefer to live collectively for ecological, social, and other ethical reasons.

Benefits of living collectively:

  • stronger social networks within our homes
  • supportive community
  • social belonging, autonomy, and contribution (psychosocial integration)
  • greater economic independence from market systems
  • save money through bulk buying, sharing resources, etc
  • lighter ecological impact due to better sharing of resources
  • improved skills for conflict resolution, collaborative decision-making, and accomplishing projects together
  • other skill sharing with housemates, such as composting, food preservation, etc!
  • increased awareness of community events through social networks and diverse experience of housemates.
  • eat healthy, home-cooked food together regularly

How many people live in a collective house?

4, 5, 6, 15, 23, depends on how big the house is.

Published on January 30, 2011 at 7:22 pm  Comments Off on Collective Houses