**Application deadline Oct. 7, 2013!**
We are a six-person household and intentional community located in the middle story of a three-flat in Rogers Park, a Chicago neighborhood on the far north side. We came together over a desire to interact more purposefully with the people we live with (and hopefully apply these lessons to people outside of our household, as well).
Our common interest in social and environmental justice ties us together, though our individual approaches to these issues vary widely. Over the last few years, individual Roosties have taught bicycle mechanics, done investigative reporting, organized with a campaign against evictions, worked on a Mennonite cooperative farm, organized for higher field-worker wages, fought against gentrification, challenged militarism in schools, created a sex-positive film collective, and taught self-expression through dance.
There’s a lot going on, and part of our task is simply to set aside time for each other in common dinners and weekly meetings. Roosties share chores and costs, and make decisions by consensus. We try to structure our lives so as to minimize waste and consumption by composting, recycling, and purchasing bulk groceries. We also occasionally can and freeze food for the winter.
We strive to be trans-, queer-, sex- and body-positive.
Our mission statement is as follows:
In order to live more connected and sustainable lives, the members of the Roost strive to build cooperative economic models and supportive relationships. Our democratic atmosphere fosters creativity, self-expression, and faith in others. In modeling our values we practice hospitality, combat oppression, and support social and environmental movements.
APPLY TO LIVE AT THE ROOST:
The Roost is currently looking for 1 new housemate in mid-October or early November. Rent and living costs are affordable ($265/month per person for rent - utilities are extra but split 6 ways. We also buy food as a house and have an open kitchen - food costs come out to an extra $75-100/month), with expectation of full participation in work and house life.
We are looking for people who:
-are interested in sharing a room
-have an interest in and dedication to building community through collective living
-are interested in actively challenging racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia and ableism
-are willing to put extra work into sustainable living practices
-are reliable, responsible, and clean
-are willing to make the following contributions: 3 hours of chores/housework per week, cooking dinner 1 night per week, washing dishes 1 night per week, participating in weekly house meetings
-can coexist with our current animal (one super friendly dog)
-ideally, are willing to commit for a year or more
We are located less than 1 block from the beach, and about 2 blocks from a Red Line stop.
To apply, please email us with a brief response to the following questions:
1. Introduce yourself. What aspects of your identity are important to you?
2. Why are you interested in living at the Roost?
3. What have your past experiences been living in a community? ("Community" can be defined however you choose.)
4. In terms of completing the weekly house chores and labor contributions described in the ad, what would be easy for you? What would be more difficult? What would your strengths and challenges be?
5. Describe a time in the past when you had to resolve a conflict with someone you lived with.
6. What is one thing you're really excited to contribute to this community?
Status: We are currently seeking 1 new member for a Nov. 1 vacancy