You can join Richmond Cohousing in three different ways, reflecting anything from “just interested in learning more” to a more serious commitment to our cohousing community here in Richmond.
Friends are interested in the Richmond Cohousing project but are not ready to become Provisional or Full Members. Friends are always welcome at social and educational events, and may attend plenary or committee meetings. Friends stay on the general email list for as long as they would like.
If you think living in cohousing might be for you, you can join Richmond Cohousing as a Provisional Member. Joining is a multi-step process, and we ask that you:
- Attend an Informational Session
- Observe at least one Plenary meeting (and perhaps a Committee meeting, too)
- Review information found at www.cohousing.org and www.richmondcohousing.com
- Submit a Questionnaire to the Membership Team
- Review the Provisional Member Orientation Checklist with the Membership Team
- Pay a $100 non-refundable joining fee (after completing all other steps)
Provisional members are active members and are involved in committee and business (aka “plenary”) meetings, but are not eligible to vote on group decisions. Provisional Members will also receive a copy of Creating Cohousing (a book that will help you more fully understand the principles and designs of cohousing) and join the member e-mail listserv and receive access to shared group documents.
A Full Member is ready to commit time, energy, and money to Richmond Cohousing and is committed to purchasing a unit in the community. To become a Full Member, a Provisional Member must:
- Join and participate in a Committee and attend Plenary meetings
- Prequalify for financing (or submit a letter indicating intention to purchase home outright) for their desired unit
- Review the Full Member Orientation Checklist with the Membership Team
- Review and sign the Membership and Operating Agreements
- Pay a $400 non-refundable joining fee and $2000 capital contribution (which helps fund our ongoing expenses – like this website!). Our intent is that capital contributions will be refunded after closing.
- Our developer also requires a $10,000 deposit to secure a unit, as this shows a commitment to the bank lender. This deposit is applied to the purchase price.
Full members are eligible to vote on all group decisions and will choose units in the order in which they join.