What we're about

Welcome! East Bay Cohousing is for people interested in intentional communities and creating ways of meeting our daily needs for shelter and livelihood through cooperative long-term relationships among peers.

We are a big tent for all manner of self-governing member-led "collaborative housing" communities, including housing cooperatives, student coops, collective and co-living households, as well as co-housing neighborhoods, urban and rural eco-villages, faith-based or service oriented, moshads, kibbutzes and income sharing communes! EBCOHO Members come from every county in the Bay Area, and other parts of the US and the world.

Check out the EBCOHO calendar and events descriptions, past and present, to see the range of events we produce or curate from among our members, friends, partners, friends, and movement allies for a more just, sustainable, and flourishing world. Look for socials, orientations, workshops, discussions, slide shows, movie nights, open houses, work-days, trainings, tours, and conferences.

Explore the Discussion Forums to post and search for openings, forming groups, call-outs from Members, and other features.

Orientations for newcomers are usually offered every 4-6 weeks. This is where you can explore current and long-term opportunities to join a community, ask lots of questions, share who you are and your dreams, and start meeting like-minded people. If you are a do-it-yourself learner or explore the big picture, you'll get lots of useful resources.

Joining EBCOHO also makes you part of Cohousing California. At http://www.CalCoho.org you will find other regional networks, a combined calendar of events, links to forming and existing communities we know, and links to our partners, networks we belong to, and groups we consider allies around the world.

Use the Suggest a Meetup feature if you'd like to see a particular topic addressed, or if you've got something you are hosting. Events we personally host (Cohousing Coaches Raines & Betsy, that is), almost always include ample time for members to share their personal visions, skills and experiences.

EBCOHO is not usually a quick route to cheap housing, although members do share openings and offers, and we do list and refer members to openings in established intentional communities, both rental and ownership, in the Bay Area and beyond.

Thousands of Bay Area residents already live in safe and stable collaborative housing situations sharing life experiences and living expenses, decision-making, and ownership. Across the US and the world, millions more of people are living more sustainably, more democratically, more cooperatively, and more cost effectively, out of the booms and busts of predatory real estate markets.

If you want to know your neighbors well, have a better life by sharing more, and live more peacefully and lightly on the planet then please join us!

MORE.... about the sponsors and hosts of East Bay Cohousing.

This work is self-funded by the organizers, with a depth of knowledge and commitment that makes it unusual among Meetups (at least we think so!).

Thank you to Supporting Members and our Coaching Clients for helping defray some of the expenses of this labor of love. We thank you with a free orientation, and discounts to future events hosted by us and some of our sponsors/partners. You can track income and expenses on the Money page.

EBCOHO and Cohousing California are projects of Raines Cohen and Betsy Morris and our business partnership, Planning for Sustainable Communities. Each of us has lived in multiple cooperative living situations in the Bay Area before moving in together to Berkeley Cohousing, where we have been members since 2003. Raines has been deeply involved in technology user groups, tech for the social good, journalism and database consulting; Betsy has a PhD, a Masters in city and regional planning, and 20 years experience as a community development and research consultant. Both of us love organizing events that put people first, offer quality resources, and open up new doors and windows to the world that supports our visions and values.

As Cohousing Coaches and project consultants, we provide technical assistance and personalized support for individual members, forming groups, and existing communities. We connect a wide variety of kindred spirits and resources. Please find out more at http://cohousingcoaches.com , or http://www.AgingInCommunity.com/

Upcoming events (5+)

Fair Oaks EcoHousing Site Tour (Sacramento area)

Fair Oaks Coffee House and Deli

Learn about greater Sacramento's second cohousing project, now under construction in Fair Oaks (18 miles east of downtown Sacramento) on a lovely piece of land close to the American River Parkway and Fair Oaks Village. The project will include 30 homes, a large common house, and many other shared amenities. The design is similar to Nevada City Cohousing. Visit http://www.FairOaksEcoHousing.org to learn more. There will be discussion about cohousing and our cohousing project in particular followed by a tour of the site where we will be building our cohousing community. There will be an optional lunch afterwards at the Smokey Oaks Tavern or the Siam Patio Restaurant. We can carpool to the site. The tour will be led by future residents of Fair Oaks EcoHousing. Fair Oaks EcoHousing is a Cohousing California ( http://www.CalCoho.org/ ) supporting member group (part of the same umbrella network that includes East Bay Cohousing). Look for cohousing buttons, banners, or signs, or a bunch of enthusiastic people looking for new neighbors to join them in co-creating their future homes. Use your RSVP comments here for carpool coordination/invitation.

2019 National Cohousing Conference:Community 4 the Health of it (Portland, OR)

Contact us for best deals on tickets (deep discount for supporting members) including post-conference events on Monday); optional pre-conference workshops May 29-30. Community for the Health of it 2019 National Cohousing Conference May 30 – June 2, 2019 Portland, Oregon Something for everyone — those exploring the idea, newly forming groups or existing communities. • Cohousing Bus Tours (currently sold out) & Open Houses (Sunday PM) • 2-days of Pre-Conference Intensives (sold separately) • Multiple Tracks of sessions: Build It – Live It – Sustain It • Facilitated Discussions • Networking Opportunities https://2019.cohousing.org/ (but for exclusive EBCOHO deals, be part of the California delegation and get your ticket through http://www.CalCoho.org/ )

45th Street Artists’ Coop Live/Work Open House (E'Ville)

45th Street Artists’ Coop Horton Annex

The 45th Street Artist's Cooperative in Emeryville HAS A LIVE/WORK STUDIO FOR SALE! (Note from your Cohousing Coaches: This is not cohousing but similar in physical arrangement, just no formal Common House or regular common meals. Note that there are income limits and resident selection is by a juried process involving portfolio review — these are serious artists!) Studio #31 994 Square Feet (504 Square Feet on ground floor, 492 lofted) Buy in cost: $107,100 Monthly assessment: $342.35 plus utilities Move in date: August 1, 2019 DESCRIPTION: Studio #31 is an interior studio with two entrances from the hallway (one single door opening on the kitchen and a set of double doors opening to the main studio area). On the ground floor it features a kitchen and a larger studio area (separated from the kitchen by an interior door). There are two lofted rooms - one large room over the kitchen, and another over the main studio area with the bathroom and a small/miscellaneous space. FURTHER DETAILS: -all interior utilities including water, gas and electric -2 stairways leading to separate loft areas -kitchen includes all cabinets, fixtures and appliances (except refrigerator) -7 Skylights -Bathroom with tub and shower, sink, toilet, cabinets, tiled wall and counter, and fixtures STUDIO VIEWING DATES: Saturday, June 1st from 11am – 4pm Sunday, June 2nd from 11am – 4pm INCOME QUALIFICATIONS:Applicants must not exceed the Moderate Income Level for the City of Emeryville 1 PERSON HOUSEHOLD: $87,700 2 PERSON: $100,250 3 PERSON: $112,750 IMPORTANT DATES: Application Deadline: June 16th, 2019 before midnight Interviews: June 24, 25, or 26, 2019 (candidate must be available for one of these dates) Community Meeting (if selected as a finalist): June 30th, 2019 (candidate must be available) Approval by Board of Directors: July 17, 2019 (candidate must be available) Move in date: August 1, 2019 FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: http://www.emeryvilleartistscoop.org or email: [masked] TO APPLY: Application form available at viewing or online. More on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/45thStreetArtistCoop Website: http://www.emeryvilleartistscoop.org> or email: [masked]

45th Street Artists’ Coop Live/Work Final Open House (E'Ville)

45th Street Artists’ Coop Horton Annex

The 45th Street Artist's Cooperative in Emeryville HAS A LIVE/WORK STUDIO FOR SALE! (Note from your Cohousing Coaches: This is not cohousing but similar in physical arrangement, just no formal Common House or regular common meals. Note that there are income limits and resident selection is by a juried process involving portfolio review — these are serious artists!) Studio #31 994 Square Feet (504 Square Feet on ground floor, 492 lofted) Buy in cost: $107,100 Monthly assessment: $342.35 plus utilities Move in date: August 1, 2019 DESCRIPTION: Studio #31 is an interior studio with two entrances from the hallway (one single door opening on the kitchen and a set of double doors opening to the main studio area). On the ground floor it features a kitchen and a larger studio area (separated from the kitchen by an interior door). There are two lofted rooms - one large room over the kitchen, and another over the main studio area with the bathroom and a small/miscellaneous space. FURTHER DETAILS: -all interior utilities including water, gas and electric -2 stairways leading to separate loft areas -kitchen includes all cabinets, fixtures and appliances (except refrigerator) -7 Skylights -Bathroom with tub and shower, sink, toilet, cabinets, tiled wall and counter, and fixtures STUDIO VIEWING DATES: Saturday, June 1st from 11am – 4pm Sunday, June 2nd from 11am – 4pm INCOME QUALIFICATIONS:Applicants must not exceed the Moderate Income Level for the City of Emeryville 1 PERSON HOUSEHOLD: $87,700 2 PERSON: $100,250 3 PERSON: $112,750 IMPORTANT DATES: Application Deadline: June 16th, 2019 before midnight Interviews: June 24, 25, or 26, 2019 (candidate must be available for one of these dates) Community Meeting (if selected as a finalist): June 30th, 2019 (candidate must be available) Approval by Board of Directors: July 17, 2019 (candidate must be available) Move in date: August 1, 2019 FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: http://www.emeryvilleartistscoop.org or email: [masked] TO APPLY: Application form available at viewing or online. More on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/45thStreetArtistCoop Website: http://www.emeryvilleartistscoop.org> or email: [masked]

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