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Golden Gate Cohousing



GOLDEN GATE COHOUSING


Welcome to Golden Gate Cohousing!

We are an 8-year old, affordable, rental cohousing community in northwest Oakland. We are located at 1072 and 1066 60th Street, a block east of San Pablo Avenue, near the juncture of Oakland, Emeryville, and Berkeley.

We trust this page will give you some useful information about our community, and help you determine if you might like to know more. If so, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have, or to be placed on our email list to receive notice of activities and invitations to events.


We are Accepting Applications for Membership
We will be inviting people to join the community as provisional members for three months. This gives us time to get to know one another, explore our shared values, and work together before we each make a commitment.

We welcome you to consider joining our growing diverse community. Please read further, and if you feel inspired, fill out the application for membership. We look forward to hearing from you.

Selection Process and Timeline

Open House Saturday, November 16th from 3 - 5pm) 19th (7 - 9 pm) and November, Tuesday 19th from 7 to 9 PM (at 1066 60th street, Oakland, CA 94608)

Friday, December 6—Applications are due no later than 5pm. For Online Application, go to: https://forms.gle/SUt...

Tuesday, December 10 —You will hear from us if selected for an interview

Friday-Sunday, December 13-15—Interviews will be conducted.

Selected applicants for provisional membership will be notified by Monday, December 23rd. We will invite at least 4-5 provisional members and 2 alternates in case a provisional member makes the decision to end their participation.

Provisional members should expect that March 15, 2020 would be the earliest move-in date. There will be a 3-month provisional period and a 6-month in-house residence before provisional/alternate members can be accepted as full members.




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Sublets Available

Golden Gate Cohousing has three unfurnished bedrooms available for sublets ranging from one to three months at a rent of $960 and $1,100 per month, with utilities included.

If you're interested in learning more, please send an email to cohousinggoldengate@gmail.com and tell us about yourself, how you're involved in making the world a better place, and why you're interested in a sublet. Also, please let us know if you can visit our community on a Monday evening to meet your potential housemates and other members of the community.

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Who We Are...Currently

Our current membership is sixteen adults, three teenagers (two part-time), and two young children. Adults range in age from the 30's to the 80's. Two are non-resident members.

We strive to replicate the demographics of Alameda county, one of the most diverse counties in the country. We currently hail from a variety of places including Iran, Colombia, Chilean ancestry as well as native Oakland and other places in the US. This community thus reflects multiple cultures and diverse ethnicities including: Asian-American, Latinxs, Middle-Eastern, European-American, and Latin American. We are also open to other diversities--gender, sexual orientation, ability, etc.

We are engaged in a wide range of pursuits, including holistic culinary healing and counseling, property management, child care, teaching, agroecology, vegan cooking, environmental and community activism, conscious puppetry, urban gardening, food justice, social justice, animal rights, herbalism, documentary filmmaking, restorative justice, non-violent communication, meditation, yoga, dance, music, art, and play.

We aim to create a diverse community/family in which everyone is respected for who they are. We are actively engaged in becoming conscious of our privilege and recognizing oppression, how we impact others, and how we can move towards creating a genuinely safe, supportive, and inclusive community. Please see our list of values below.

Several of us have been active volunteering and working in places like PLACE for Sustainable Living, Open Source Wellness, Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture , Give Them Wings Imaginary Thinking, North Oakland Restorative Justice Council, BOOST West Oakland, Reading Partners, Oakland’s Zero Waste, East Bay Meditation Center, Economic Development without Displacement Coalition, Local Clean Energy Alliance, Berkeley Animal Rights Center, and other organizations focused on building alternatives to live sustainably on Mother Earth and in harmony with humans, animals, and other sentient beings. We are also committed to promoting these values in the population at large.

We hold community and committee meetings several times a month; share meals together and socialize; are increasingly engaged in one another’s lives; and are moving toward collectively managing all aspects of the community and the property.

The Property

Golden Gate Cohousing’s property consists of two adjacent late 19th century Victorian houses in the historic Golden Gate neighborhood.

1072 60th Street (the West House):

• Seven apartments: three studios and four one-bedrooms
• Two of the studios have 11 foot ceilings with sleeping lofts
• As common space for shared meals, meetings, community gatherings, etc.,

1066 60th Street (the East House):

• Three apartments: one two-bedroom and two four-bedrooms
• Large common space and kitchen on the ground floor. Multi-purpose room, guest room, ADA bathroom.

See architectural drawings of the new east house here:
https://drive.google....

The Grounds:

• Two patios for gathering and dining; hot tub
• Redwood, willow, palm, and fruit trees
• Roof decks on both buildings, with panoramic views of hills and bay
• Large garden area

Mission

To provide affordable, harmonious eco-housing for people helping to make the world a better place.

Values

1) Earth Reverence. We respect Earth’s wisdom, follow nature’s pattern of regenerative design, and recognize our part in the interdependent web of relationships with everything that is.

2) Respect. We value caring, compassionate and respectful interactions with the whole world starting with ourselves, our community, our guests and the neighborhood.

3) Integrity. We value practicing self-responsibility, honoring our agreements , and following through with our word.

4) Affordability. We provide affordable housing to support people to pursue their passion over profit.

5) Balance. We seek to maintain a balance between individual and community needs and, to be a place of both sanctuary and community activity.

6) Flexibility. We acknowledge change as a constant and understand that being adaptive is vital. We find value in the ability to adjust according to the needs of the community and the world.

7) Diversity. We are committed to creating a diverse cohousing community. We welcome all who share these values, regardless of defining characteristics like age, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, ethnicity or class.

8) Cooperation. We engage one another with the spirit of coming together for the common good. We work for mutual benefit through egalitarian governance structures that value shared power amongst members.

9) Participation. Community happens when we participate. We encourage people to share themselves, their gifts and their contributions to create a dynamic social tapestry.

10) Communication. We value conscientious communication and create a safe space for vulnerable, open, direct, and honest interactions. Everyone’s voice deserves to be heard.

Other Shared Values

Family. We support existing, emerging and extended family, both biological and chosen, and the healing these connections inspire.

Civic Engagement. We support engagement with the community outside of our cohousing border in projects that nurture and foster our vision.

Healthy Food. Nourishing food and food systems support our vision. We believe in growing our own food, and sourcing locally from socially and environmentally ethical producers.

Creativity. Innovation and creativity are important elements for sustainable community design. We appreciate creativity that is in service to our mission and values.

Participation by Members
Ways that we enjoy, contribute to, and care for our community
  • Live with a group of people who are striving to be socially conscious, committed to sharing, growing, and evolving the culture of living peacefully and sustainably on the earth
  • Manifest participatory democracy and the shaping of a new community where decisions are made collaboratively and all voices are equally valued
  • Enjoy shared meals several times a week, and other community activities
  • Enjoy use of the community common spaces:
    • Guest room
    • Communal kitchen
    • Community room
    • Outdoor dining patio
    • Multi-purpose room / co-working office space
    • Two roof decks
    • Gardens & grounds
    • Laundry facilities
    • Bike trailer
    • Bike shed
    • Workshop
  • Attend community “heart circles”
  • Participate in community work days
  • Prepare common meals with a fellow cook, according to a rotating schedule
  • Participate on clean-up teams after common meals
  • Spend at least ten hours per month on committees, general meetings, or projects that contribute to the whole community (in addition to heart circles, work days, and cooking and cleaning for shared meals)
  • Share in the cleaning and maintenance of the house and grounds
  • Engage actively and promptly in community email and text communications
  • Participate actively in commentary and deliberation of community proposals
  • Resolve conflicts in a peaceful and constructive way
  • Honor community agreements and decisions
  • Pay rent and common expenses on the first of each month

No Smoking

There is no smoking permitted within the apartments, within the internal common spaces, or on the grounds.

Organizational and Financial Structure

Golden Gate Cohousing is a project of the Parker Street Foundation, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to “promote affordable housing and effective community.” The Foundation has financed Fort Awesome and Fort Radical, two environmentally oriented houses owned by the Cooperative Roots project; also Oregon Park Senior Apartments (60 units), all in south Berkeley; and the Purple House in north Oakland. All three are 501(c)(3) non-profits.

To support the Foundation’s aim of providing affordable housing, and to discourage equity speculation, the apartment units will not be sold on the open market, as many cohousing communities do. Instead, we have opted for a non-profit and rental model, which we envision unfolding as follows:

1. Members have collectively formed a non-profit corporation, Golden Gate Cohousing.
2. Golden Gate Cohousing will shortly enter into a purchase agreement with the Parker Street Foundation, becoming the owner of the two houses.
3. Golden Gate Cohousing will then be responsible for all expenses, including taxes, insurance, and maintenance, and will collect all rents directly.
4. At this point, the Foundation’s role will be simply that of a lender.
5. Residents will then rent their apartments from Golden Gate Cohousing, whose members will be the residents themselves.
5. Golden Gate Cohousing will be owned collectively, not individually. No one will have an equity interest.
6. People moving in will pay first and last month’s rent and one-month security deposit.

Contact Us

Please send inquiries to: cohousinggoldengate@gmail.com

Revised 10 November 2019

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Table of Contents

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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.
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Cal Street Cohousing March 11, 2016 11:00 AM former member
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