Frequently Asked Questions
This website deals mainly with housing coops. To read about what Boston-area worker coops are doing, check out worcn.org.
Housing coops can have different levels of group participation.
Many houses share chores and have regular consensus-based meetings to make decisions together. Many coops maintain very affordable rent and dues for their members. Some houses throw lots of events, some houses work on projects or offer community services together, and some houses have missions, legal organization and sliding scale rent policies or large-scale money-pooling.
If you're in Boston, you're in luck because there are over 50 housing coops in the area.
If you're not interested in starting your own coop and want to join an existing coop, here's some pointers:
- Join the Boston Coop Network mailing list, and the Boston Coop Assembly mailing list, where house openings and events are advertised.
- Search on Craigslist (no, seriously!). Doing a search for "coop" in the all housing section, or searching for the key words "we cook" in the same place yields regular results! You can even get automatic email alerts whenever a new craigslist listing is posted.
- Go to events. Visit the meetup group and read up on the monthly assemblies, both great places to meet coops and hear about openings.
- Hang in there, and consider starting your own house. See the resources page if you're considering starting your own coop.
Coop is short for cooperative. A cooperative is "an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations," according to the International Cooperative Alliance (http://ica.coop)