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Dwight House Vision and Values Statement

Dwight House Community
(version 1.0 by Mary K Hill)

Vision
The vision for the Dwight House Community is to be a community home of individuals passionate about community living, sharing their knowledge/ life experiences, and open to the possibilities of new knowledge and experiences.

Vision Statement
Our community is built on pillars of education, empowerment, communication, compassion and sustainability. We desire to educate and empower each other through shared experience and community, building a space of co-creation. We embrace growth beyond our personal beliefs and convictions and believe we are all important pieces of the human experience. Our community welcomes those of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, as well alternative lifestyles and sexual orientations. Our living space creates a comfortable and joyous environment to experience this and a higher level of happiness and cooperation.

Residential Community
Dwight House consists of both a residential community and extended community. We believe age is fluid concept and do not discriminate against any person that wishes to become a member based on age, sexual identity or orientation. We welcome legal adults, including those with children, to apply to be member of the residential spaces with any other living situation there will be a rental application that requires references and criminal background checks.

Extended Community
As we are more than a residential community; we welcome those who wish to be a part of our community to contact a residential member to join. Our extended community is open and welcomes all ages of legal adults and welcome there children to be included in appropriate activities.

COMMUNITY PILLARS

Education
Each resident actively engages in a process of increasing self-awareness of themselves and the world around them. Education is pivotal and a key point in the structure of the Dwight House Community. Members of our community are encouraged to seek out different skills and share the skills they currently possess with their community. An intention of the living space is for classes to be available for members of the community to attend.

Communication
Language is more than a tool of expression; it is how we develop relationships, identity, context, and make things happen. As a pillar of our community, we strive to improve communication between each other and the world around us. Members of the community focus growth in how we are building a practice of active listening, constructive conversations, and compassionate mindfulness.

Compassion
Each person is on a path of consciousness. As members and collaborators, we require all members to honor and hold each other’s traditions and practices in a place of respect and compassion. When we create a space large enough for more than one belief, true connection and love can flourish.

Empowerment
Our community holds strongly that each member is instrumental not only in our community, also in the global community. As members of the community it is important to be active participants in our governance and decision making processes. Everyone’s voice matters and we seek to find the best way to support the community so it may thrive as a peaceful cohabitation.

Sustainability
We are not only members of a community house; we are also members of a planet. Our intention is to create practices that will leave less impact on Earth through learning ways to decrease consumption of resources, use of permaculture, and developing/learning new ways to turn the house/property into a “green” space.

Becoming a Core-Member
This is a new forming community and we are actively exploring options that will help this vision of community grow into a thriving home. As this community is becoming a pilot for building a successful community and this will be run with collaboration with East Bay Co-Housing (EBCOHO). Persons interested in the community will be required to attend an orientation and become supporting members of EBCOHO, a cost of $100.00. After joining EBCOHO, there are different options to becoming a core-member as listed below:

Prospect:
A prospect is someone who is seriously interested in joining To become a Prospect it is required to attend a series of classes done through EBCOHO, the cost of all the classes will be either a non-refundable fee of $400.00. This will pay for the cost of classes covering finances/logistics of community living, governance, communication training, and conflict resolution. The purpose of these classes is to create a structure of how Dwight House will create collaboration, function, and also to develop relationships as others. Prospects are also strongly encouraged to host and attend social gathering with each other of some nature (Ideas: Meet in Park, A fun class, Coffee Shop, Etc.).

Pay As You Go Option:
Pay as you go offers an option for those who are interested in the community and would like more information. Persons who choose this option may choose to pay for the class fees separately with the understanding they will not be considered a prospect for core-member until having attended all classes/approved classes through EBCOHO.

Becoming a Core-Member:
A core-member is someone who has decided they would like to join the community. Once becoming a core-member, you will be required to attend a 2-day weekend intensive, which will happen 2 weeks prior to moving in. This intensive will be when the group will make agreements with each other, discuss house related issues, and community building exercises. Each member will be expected to place a deposit of $2000 to move into the space that will be collected per single occupancy and $2000 for couples. This will cover the cost the security deposit and the cost of the intensive.

Pay As You Go Option:
Those interested in attending the intensive and that are unsure if they would like to move into the space may place the cost of $500.00 (per person) for the weekend intensive with the understanding that members who have paid the full cost of $2000.00 will get first choice for becoming members of the community.

Cost of Rooms/Space
Once a core-member, you will have the choice to pick the room. Priority of the first floor rooms will be for persons with disabilities/special needs. The room rates are currently ranging from $800 - $1200 for rooms in the house; the in-law unit is $1800. An amount of $200.00 will be added for couples and $100.00 for children. For those considering the in-law unit the deposit total will be $3700.00.

Household
Our home is a gorgeous mansion in Berkeley, CA built in the 1860s. The mansion is 6725 including a yard making it 9025 square feet. There are 3 floors and 15 rooms, 1 commercial style kitchen and 2 mini kitchens, 5.5 bathrooms, and a loft-style 1-bedroom/private bathroom apartment with separate entrance. The house also has a lot of communal space idea for events, yoga, dances, and a beautiful yard with fruit trees and potential for gardens, teaching space, and much more.

Office Space
There is also a space on the 2nd floor that can be used as a shared office space for a fee of $100/monthly to rent for 8 hours weekly, or $30.00 for 8 hours daily, and rented nightly for $30.00 for visiting friends/family. Due to the shared nature of the space, approval for exclusive/extended use of home office would have to be pre-approved by community. If not pre-approved, the space would be considered a shared space open to general use by community members.

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Laughing Hearts September 19, 2016 9:17 PM Amos Alan L.
Sharing Shuttle January 28, 2015 8:21 AM Raines C.
Affordable Housing Rental Search Strategies September 16, 2014 8:45 AM Cohousing Coaches Raines & B.
Intentional Family Commmunity September 4, 2014 1:31 PM Raines C.
Dwight House Vision and Values Statement February 3, 2014 12:57 AM Cohousing Coaches Raines & B.
Tree of Light Collective Flyer February 5, 2014 5:35 PM Cohousing Coaches Raines & B.
Motive Collective October 24, 2013 5:46 AM Raines C.
MakerFaire September 2, 2013 2:40 PM Raines C.
Cal Street Cohousing March 11, 2016 11:00 AM former member
How Much House Can You Afford? April 1, 2013 9:28 PM Cohousing Coaches Raines & B.
RavenHouse November 5, 2012 3:11 PM Raines C.
Other Fairview House Sublet October 13, 2012 8:15 AM Cohousing Coaches Raines & B.

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