Living in a co-op is a wonderful and rewarding experience. In order to make our community function, though, we do have some basic expectations for all of our members.
All members are required to complete 5 hours of household chores per week. These chores are assigned according to each member’s preferences at the beginning of each quarter, and stay consistent from week to week. Chores range from typical household chores, like cooking meals, cleaning, and grocery shopping, to things that help the co-op function as an organization, like managing house finances and planning co-op events.
The chore system is essential to co-op life. No one but us runs MOSAIC; we do all of it ourselves! Contributing so much of our own labor to the co-op is what allows us to keep the co-op going; we rely on each other every day to keep things running. The chore system might sound intense, but by dividing up chores this way, we all spend much less time on household tasks than we would if we each lived on our own. At its core, completing our chores is an act of love and solidarity toward one another.
All members are expected to attend and participate in house meetings, held on Sundays at 7 P.M. House meetings are the time when we discuss problems within the house, share ideas, and make plans for the future; they are the official decision-making forum for each house. We make house decisions by consensus, and it’s important that every member’s voice is heard!
House meetings also serve as “family time”—an opportunity to catch up with your housemates after a long week. Part of each meeting is set aside for sharing joys and sorrows from our lives, and for expressing our appreciations for one another. It might sound cheesy, but it’s what makes the co-op feel like a family!
Paying Rent and Other Dues
Members are expected to submit their rent and other dues on time each month. If you can’t pay your rent by the normal due date, you’re expected to talk to your house’s accountant about a plan for deferred payment.
We strive to keep the co-op affordable and accessible to people with a range of financial needs and abilities. For more information on the cost of living in MOSAIC, click here.
Safety & Privacy
Members are expected to respect the safety, privacy, and well-being of their housemates. (Pretty simple stuff, but it’s worth saying.) Each house sets their own specific standards for safety and privacy, which is oftentimes the fruit of productive house meetings in the Fall.
Respecting House/MOSAIC Rules
MOSAIC has additional policies for members, and houses can also agree to their own house-specific policies. Co-ops create an open environment and serve the needs of their members by allowing people to collectively set the rules that shape their living environment. It’s important that you respect existing co-op policies, or work to change them democratically if you don’t like them. This process of collectively deciding on what policies we live by is an important part of keeping the co-op healthy and continuing to serve the needs of its current membership.
Most of all, everyone should approach living in MOSAIC with a spirit of cooperation! Fundamental to living in a co-op is a commitment to cooperative values and, in our case, MOSAIC’s mission. Members are encouraged to take initiative to go beyond their minimum requirements, and put their energy towards developing the co-op and ensuring its longevity for future generations of co-opers.