About Houston place

  • Shared basement space with washer and dryer.
  • Access to scholarship money for conferences and training.
  • Opportunities to develop leadership skills through participating in the Kalamazoo Collective Housing Board of Directors (includes a discount off monthly charges for Board participation).
  • Lots more!
  • Newly remodeled units with energy efficiency upgrades and beautiful spaces, Hardwood floors in many units.
  • Off-street parking area, easy access to Metro Transit bus system.
  • Includes community garden with raised produce beds, fruit trees, flowers, fire pit, and compost.
 
 

What to expect when you live at Houston place

I learned how to work together with a group and how a community can be a very powerful force for good among it’s members and outside of itself. I also learned how to nurture lasting relationships.
— former Houston Place member

  • A cooperative community in which all members are collectively responsible for the well-being of the members
  • Collective, consensus decision-making conflict resolution.
  • Group budgeting and financial decisions.
  • Always working to reducing our "ecological footprint" -- reducing waste, efficient use of resources, reducing dependence on nonrenewable resources, creating a healthy and nontoxic living environment.
  • Sharing skills and knowledge (ex: gardening, cooking, repair and maintenance, etc.).
  • Opportunities to connect with and learn from co-op members around the country through organizations like North American Students of Cooperation.
  • An emphasis on affordable living.
  • A friendly and fun atmosphere.

 

member responsibilities

  • Attend New Member Orientation at start of contract.
  • Attend monthly community meetings (mandatory).
  • Pay monthly charges on time.
  • Pay for individual electricity and gas use.
  • Contribute 6 work hours per month to the community (mandatory)
  • Care for individual apartments and keep them clean and safe.
  • Share copies of energy bills with KCH staff for long-term tracking of energy costs.

Current Costs

1 bedroom apartment: $560 per month. Includes water/sewer, laundry access, trash service and high-speed wireless internet.

2 bedroom apartment:
$660 per month. Includes water/sewer, laundry access, trash service and high-speed wireless internet.

One-time refundable security deposit that is equal to one month's charges.

Community Rules established by KCH

 
  • No smoking in units.
  • Members pay for electricity and gas. KCH pays all other utilities.
  • Major community decisions will be made by majority voting. Members may make rules about quiet hours, officers, chore system, and minor maintenance.
  • Leases are for 1 year.
 
 
 

We strive to be an inclusive community that welcomes all, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, or spirituality. Together, we work toward dismantling oppression in our lives and communities.