Formed: 1998 Established: 1998
This page last updated:8/23/2009
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MOSAIC (Members of Society Acting in Cooperation) began as the brainchild of a group of Northwestern students who were interested in finding an alternative form of student housing in Evanston. They founded the original house at 2013-2015 Ridge, and in September of 1998 the first 12 co-op members moved in.
They established the original mission statement and developed a house structure based on cooperative living. Using the mission statement, they tried to guide the activities of the house along principles such as environmental consciousness, consensus decision making, and activism.
In the summer of 2004, MOSAIC moved to its current location at 2000 Sherman. In the summer of 2008, MOSAIC added a second house at 906 Hamlin. We are currently an 18-person housing cooperative with 13 members at our Sherman house and five members at the Hamlin house. By pooling our resources, we hope to minimize our costs of living and maximize the power behind our decisions as conscious consumers. We are a close-knit community dedicated to living out our ideals and values in our daily actions and interactions.
We are approximately two blocks from Northwestern University, and many of our members are students there. However, we have no affiliation with the university and welcome undergraduate students, graduate students, non-students, students of life, and everyone else.
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This page last updated:8/23/2009
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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.
Members(adults and children):
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
(Members have independent finances, but pool certain portion of their resources towards food, utilities, and board.)
(4 hours of co-op related work per week)
($750 deposit upon joining, which will be returned at the end of membership.)
($15 per month, which goes into the house fund, plus rent, which includes utilities and ranges from $695-$800)
Land and Buildings
(about 30-40 minutes outside Chicago)
Land Owned By:
An absentee landlord
Percentage of Food Grown:
Share Community Meals:
(4 dinners each week)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
(Meals cooked for the house are vegetarian with vegan options. Individual diets are personal choice, but the house does not purchase non-vegetarian items.)
(Members include vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores, but food purhased for the house is all vegetarian. We also have an additional 6 non-members who attend common meals.)
(There is no smoking tobacco in the house, but it is allowed on the porch.)
Common Spiritual Practices:
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