Common Fire's Housing Co-op in the Beacon-Newburgh area of the Hudson Valley in New York State provides a supportive and inspiring home for people committed to making a difference in the world. Members of our community come together around issues of Justice, Sustainability & Cultural Transformation through the creation of
The 4 Essential Characteristics of Common Fire communities:
* Created by and accessible to a true diversity of people
* Ongoing personal growth and
* Aligning our actions with our values/
our lives with our beliefs
* Bridging transformation in the
community to transformation in the world
Residents bring a rich diversity of interest areas, skills, backgrounds, and ages--and a shared commitment to helping create a more just and sustainable world.
Common Fire supports cultural transformation by helping create intentional communities where people are committed to leading lives that are joyful, just, and sustainable, from the ground up and the inside out, and to their communities being catalysts for change in the broader society.
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Residents share the monthly mortgage payments and utilities, plus the costs of minor repairs, contributions to a pool of capital for major repairs, and shared food costs (mostly local and organic).
The land and building are owned by a nonprofit, the Common Fire Foundation. Otherwise the co-op is largely autonomous, with 99 percent of matters decided and dealt with by the residents themselves, by consensus, including selection of new residents.