Formed: 1968 Established: 1982
This page last updated:9/12/2013
Santa Rosa Creek Commons
Santa Rosa, California,
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"A little piece of Walden in downtown Santa Rosa".
Santa Rosa Creek Commons is a limited-equity housing co-op for all ages located on two acres in downtown Santa Rosa, 60 miles north of San Francisco. We have 27 units: studios, 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms, a community room, laundry and garden, all bordering a wooded creek.
We wish to live cooperatively and resolve conflicts peacefully. Issues are decided by consensus. Every adult is on the board of directors. All are asked to work at least eight hours per month in addition to serving on two committees and taking part in monthly cleanups. We manage and maintain the property ourselves, so there's always plenty of work. We have monthly meetings, at least one potluck as well as social and educational events.
Members buy shares based on unit size (generally under $20,000) and pay monthly carrying charges that are well below market. Members stay anywhere from a few years to several decades.
During our first 30 years, we operated a state-regulated assisted housing program. In exchange the state gave us a great loan. Last year we paid off an NCB loan and one from the city. In Sept 2013 we paid off the state loan. We are no longer subject to government regulation!
That means that we are free from the regulatory requirements imposed by the state. Thus liberated, we are setting our own policies to insure that SRCC remains affordable for a range of income levels. It is our intention to always remain a diverse, multi-income. affordable. limited equity housing cooperative for at least the next 25 years.
The process of getting on our waiting list is the same for all applicants. The process includes several interviews, participation in 2 work days, attending a social event, going to 2 board meetings and attending 1 committee meeting. We never know quite how long one might wait to get into the community as it varies.
You might be able to rent a unit while going through the process to become a member, although we only occasionally have a rental. If a unit is currently available, it is listed below. If there is nothing below, then, you guessed it, no rentals are available at this time.
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887 Sonoma Ave #20
Santa Rosa, California 95404-6501 United States
This page last updated:9/12/2013
Visitor Process: View our website, then email or call a contact person.
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Comment: We honor and encourage diversity.
Members(adults and children):
(The only children here these days are older teenagers.)
(Adult children of members)
Open to new members:
(We love new applicants!)
(Modified Quaker tradition)
(Leadership rotates among members)
Leadership Core Group:
(Executive officers of the board change each year. A volunteer facilitation team assists.)
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(Must pass a credit check.)
(Minimun 8 hours per month is required. This in addition to 2 committee meetings and a board meeting each month.)
(Members purchase a Share in the entire community.)
(A monthly Carrying Charge is assessed by income or by square foot of the unit occupied.)
Land and Buildings
(Near downtown but with a suburban feel.)
1.9 acres (0.8 hectares)
(Half of the property is partially wooded and borders a year-round creek)
Land Owned By:
(Each shareholder owns a portion of the entire property)
Number of Residences:
(27 units in 3 buildings and 2 houses)
(We are a limited equity a housing co-op)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(Small central garden is organic)
Share Community Meals:
(2nd & 3rd Saturdays)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(We are proud to be a non-smoking community)
Common Spiritual Practices:
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
(although started by Quakers we have long been open to all)
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