The Boston Collective House Assembly is a network created to allow Boston’s many housing co-ops to organize together. We have open, monthly meetings where representatives from Boston’s co-op houses and anyone else interested gather to has out ideas and work on projects to cupport collective living and housing justice in the Boston area.
What on earth have we been doing at those monthly Collective House Assembly meetings you may have heard of all year long? I want to share a summary of the projects and campaigns we have been working on.
Most importantly, I want to invite you to participate! Come join us on the 2nd Saturday of the month– that’s June 9th– at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, from noon to 2pm. For co-opers and those sympathetic and interested in furthering cooperatives, regardless of whether or not you live in a collective house.
Our projects and campaigns:
Find or Form a Housing Co-op
A simple guide for people who want to live in or form a new collective house in the Boston area: Find a Housing Co-op
Or check out our directory of Boston’s co-op houses: BostonCoops.org
Support & Resources for Your Co-op House
A guide to organizations that support co-ops, anti-oppression policies, tips for managing your household & finances, and of course, a huge section on house food systems: Wiki.Bostoncoops.org/for-coops
More than Housing: Boston’s Cooperative Economy
A guide to the growing localized, comprehensive, and regenerative cooperative economy in the Boston-area, New England, and the world: Boston’s Co-op Economy
The Co-op Start-up Fund
We are in the third stage of drafting our proposal to create a fund to support longterm collective living and housing justice in the Boston area. Read about our process and progress (and how to contribute your ideas!): The Co-op Financing Project
Read the draft proposal: Proposal – Alpha
The Co-op Calendar
From highly successful mixers for folks looking to join or form co-ops to potlucks, workshops, and skillshares, to the upcoming Community Meals Calendar, we have been using this calendar to host, share, and find co-op events and other co-opers around Boston: Meetup.BostonCoops.org
Operation Cooperation – Co-op Outreach & Solidarity
We are a part of a Massachusetts statewide effort to increase cooperation: Operation Cooperation
Want to support Worker Co-ops? Consider hosting, volunteering with, or attending the upcoming National Workers Cooperative Conference
Our proposal to all cooperative and collective house in the Boston-area: Send a representative to our monthly meetings! Make participation in the Collective House Assembly a house ‘job’ – give someone chore hours for representing and reporting back to your house each month.
Find our notes and other info at our website: Assembly.BostonCoops.org
We’re also on Facebook
And you can participate in our Assembly listserve plan monthly Assemblies, work on website updates, and generally take care of business. Take a look at the discussion online or subscribe to the mailing list here.
All this stuff is getting bigger, better, and more refined as we grow and learn. We’d love your input. Come to an Assembly meeting!