Joining Maitri House

[updated Nov 2017]

We have openings available December or later. We encourage those who might be interested in joining our community now or in the future to start getting to know us sooner rather than later. Individuals, partners, and families are all welcome to explore joining our community. See below for details.

If you’re interested in exploring joining this community:
Getting to know one another takes time. In our experience, the process to be accepted as a community member can take a month or longer, and if that doesn’t work with your timeframe you probably want to prioritize other housing options.

Please read this whole page and the home and purpose pages. Then email ryan [the at symbol] notjustskin.org with this information:

  1. a few sentences about yourself
  2. what draws you to want to explore living with us
  3. when you’re looking to join and how long you’re interested in

Feel free to ask any questions. We’ll share our document of intention, which lays out many of our shared agreements and practices around living together. We may share some questions to learn more about you. We would like to schedule in-person visits, or Skype meetings if that’s not possible. We may want to arrange a visitor stay of a week or more, and you can request this as well to better discern if you think this will be a good fit.

If you’d like to explore joining our community in the future, we encourage you to start getting to know us now. You can do this by joining us for dinner sometime and/or by joining our events and announcements email list and attending a house event. Write to Ryan for either.

What we look for:
Below is a list of qualities we value in housemates, understanding that there’s room for differences in interpretation. If any of the points concern you or you’d like to know what we understand a certain point to mean, please let us know so we can have a conversation about it.

We’re looking for someone who (please consider each point):
– values and wants to prioritize being in compassionate, authentic, and warm relationships with one another and is willing to actively invest time and effort towards that priority;
– is willing to learn and share methods for improving relationships, resolving conflict, and building community (e.g. nonviolent communication, cooperative dialogue, restorative justice practices);
– interested in sharing meals and other time together regularly, and enjoys simply hanging out with housemates;
– wants our group choices to consider social and environmental impact;
– actively seeks to learn more about systems of oppression and how they play out intrapersonally, interpersonally, culturally, and systemically;
– can prioritize house meetings and engage cooperatively in consensus decision-making;
– can reliably do 5-6 hours a week of community service (e.g. cooking, cleaning, emptying the dishwasher);
– keeps community spaces pleasant, clean, safe, and inviting places to live;
– doesn’t smoke or use drugs (drinking at our house is also uncommon);
– can live without harmful synthetic chemicals and fragrances (this means avoiding products with the ingredient “fragrance”); and
– enjoys kids and wants to be part of their lives.

Basically, we’re looking not for a housemate, but someone who is interested in being a community member, someone who aims to build close, warm relationships with fellow community members and contribute in some way to the world at large.

We have cats who live only in the basement, thus maintaining a main floor accessible to people with allergies. As for new companion animals, a dog might be possible, depending strongly on the dog.

We welcome prospective community members of any ability, age, background, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, race, or sexual orientation to express interest in joining our community. Disability is a very diverse identity group, and our community may be able to work well for people with some disabilities and not well for others. For two examples, we have one community member with profound developmental difference, who is very neuro-atypical, and at the same time sadly, our home is not wheelchair accessible. You are welcome to ask about the demographics of our house, which change from time to time.

About the Rooms
The bedrooms we expect to come open this year are listed below.

  • A medium-sized main-floor room facing southwest. Measuring about 13’x11′ with a large closet. The occupancy cost is $700/month for 1 occupant.
  • A very large 2nd-floor corner room facing southwest. The room is a large doublet (has a smaller room accessible only from the larger room). The outer room is L-shaped and measures about 13.5′ x 18′, part of which is cut into by the smaller room, which measures about 8.5’x6′. The occupancy cost is $950/mo for 1 occupant.
  • A large 3rd-floor corner room facing southwest. The room is a large doublet (has a smaller room accessible only from the larger room). The room is about 13.5′ x 13′ with a dormer, a closet and two storage areas. The occupancy cost is $825/mo for 1 occupant.

For all rooms, there is an additional cost of $75 per month per additional occupant older than 2 years old.

Additional Costs:
All utilities including internet are included in the room cost. There is also a community fund ($120/mo for adults and $50/mo for children) that covers a lot of vegan food and cleaning supplies.

Last, we ask for one month’s security deposit, which functions as an initial equity investment into the co-ownership structure for medium- and long-term members.

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