Forming Formed: 1998
This page last updated:7/26/2010
East Bay Cohousing
(Supporting community seekers and forming groups in the greater Berkeley-Oakland area)
Welcome to East Bay Cohousing (EBCOHO). We're a decade-strong umbrella regional group providing outreach, community, and education, hosting core groups creating cohousing in the Urban East Bay, and linking to the many established communities as well as helping people start new ones.
Check out our events calendar, featuring regular tours (bus, bicycle and walking), education about affordable housing cooperatives, movies about community, visits from notable communitarian authors and movement leaders, workshops that can help folks get started in creating community, slide shows, community visits, field trips, and more.
We are part of a cohousing and sustainable communities presences at green festivals in the region, often through Cohousing California.
EBCOHO supporting members get to hear about new communities and openings in existing ones first, so join us to get the scoop, and subscribe to our mailing list to stay informed.
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)
Former/Other Names: Berkeley/Oakland CoHousing,EBCOHO,Kangaroo Cohousing, Altura Place, Oaktown
This page last updated:7/26/2010
(at open meetings/info sessions/orientations)
Visitor Process: Join our free MeetUp group, check our calendar, RSVP, and we'll see you there, at our office, or elsewhere.
Fellowship for Intentional Community
:: Northwest Intentional Communities Association
:: Cohousing California,Northern California Cohousing,Cohousing Coaches
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
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By a group of elders or other leaders
(Supporting members and core-group leaders have the most say in our decisions, but most projects are entrepreneurial and up to the individuals choosing to pursue them.)
(Cohousing Coaches Raines Cohen and Betsy Morris have been running the group of late, investing to make good things happen.)
Leadership Core Group:
(At-large members are consulted regularly in the planning process. Individual core groups form around particular site and use consensus or whatever process they decide on.)
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(if you can get a bank mortgage to finance your unit, or alternative financing)
(The more involved you are, the more you get out of the group. There are lots of outreach/tabling opportunities.)
(Getting on our list is free, but to avoid meeting fees, members pay $10 a month or $100 a year and get benefits including discounts, books, and coaching.)
Land and Buildings
(some members are pursuing more-rural options in the far reaches of the East Bay and North Bay, but most potential sites are urban)
(We are an umbrella group helping people come together as core groups to pursue both retrofit (organic) and new-build sites.)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(some of the forming and existing affiliated groups grow a little of their own food.)
Share Community Meals:
(We do potlucks at monthly socials/educational meetings, while in the planning stage.)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(sorry, no smoking in the East Bay Cohousing clubhouse. In your own community, you can make the rules.)
Common Spiritual Practices:
(Other affiliated communities in our area have sites and are complete, while we support forming groups with and without sites.)
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