Build a Rich Living Experience Together

Cooperative-Housing Launchpad provides a starting point for those interested in creating single-home households with other like-minded people based on cooperative culture and principles.  Additionally, we help people find vacancies at already established households.

Cooperative culture refers to a style of living together, an alternative to the competitive and independent society we grew up in. It is based on values of sharing, communicating, and creating agreements to achieve strength and abundance through working together. 

Build a rich living experience together

Cooperative-Housing Launchpad provides a starting point for those interested in creating single-home households with other like-minded people based on cooperative culture and principles.  Additionally, we help people find vacancies at already established households.

Cooperative culture refers to a style of living together, an alternative to the competitive and independent society we grew up in. It is based on values of sharing, communicating, and creating agreements to achieve strength and abundance through working together. 

What's a Cooperative House?

First, let's take a step back and look at the term Intentional Community, this is an umbrella term that encapsulates a broad range of living arrangements. This ranges from Cohousing which is a type of large-scale residential project (typically costing millions of dollars to develop) to smaller Shared Housing arrangements with a group of people sharing a single-family home. Then of course there are all sorts of variations in between, such as Ecovillages, Co-Living, Kibbutzim, and others.  Below are a couple of examples images for illustration.

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Our focus is on Shared Housing that practices Cooperative Culture.

  • Shared Housing simply means that a group of people live together under one roof (single-family home)
  • Cooperative Culture refers to a style of living together, an alternative to the competitive and independent society we grew up in. It is based on values of sharing, communicating, and creating agreements to achieve strength and abundance through working together.

There are many names that this sort of arrangement goes by.  We refer to these as Cooperative Homes (or Shared Homes interchangeably)

Incorporating communal living - some cooperative households build on top of this general model and incorporate strong communal living characteristics, heavily centering around shared values, beliefs, and some even choose to incorporate income sharing between members.

Co-ops as a legal structure - cooperatives (or housing co-ops) are also a type of legal ownership structure. When we refer to cooperative homes we refer to the spirit of cooperative culture, not the ownership structure. But some households can have both cooperative culture and a co-op legal structure.

Cooperative Home Examples

There are plenty of cooperative households out there and many are started independently by people looking to create a community where they live. You can view several examples we have listed here - please keep in mind that these were not started with our help but are simply listed to showcase what's possible.

Other Great Resources

Please check out these other great resources pertaining to Intentional Communities, Cohousing, and other related topics.

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Top resource for anything Cohousing related

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FIC covers all topics under the Intentional Communities umbrella and is a wealth of knowledge.

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A great resource for anything related to Ecovillages

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Collective of communities based on egaliterian principles.

Community builders and seekers,

The Communal-Living Launchpad is presented and operated by NICA (NW Intentional Communities Association) and volunteers.  We exist to make visible the many models of successful, intentionally cooperative ways of living that exist, and support the efforts to build community wherever you are.

In community,