Membership FAQ

NOTE: Applications are accepted at all times for current and future available spots. We are always looking for positive additions to our community!

Please read the following to learn about our membership process:

HAUS practices a modified open membership policy that allows potential residents the opportunity to get to know the house and cooperative living to make an informed decision to join a coop.

Do I need to fill out an application?

Yes. Our application includes the same basic information you would submit to rent an apartment in Texas, as well as some additional questions to get you thinking about living in a coop. It’s the first step in becoming an active member of HAUS Project. It also gives current members a peek of who you are and what experiences you can share. We also ask that potential members sign a Sustainability Pledge and Harassment form at the end of the process.

What are your guest policies?

Our guest policies vary. Send an email to urthhaus@hausproject.org or rosalie@hausproject.org for long-term and short-term guest policies.

How do the houses work?

We currently have two operational Cooperatives, one with 10 rooms (Rosalie), one with 16 (uRth),  all rooms of which can serve as either single- or double-occupancy.  One house is located in Midtown, the other in nearby Museum Park. Both provide 3-5 communal vegetarian dinners per week and a vegetarian-stocked kitchen at all times (and include vegan options); however, members may keep and prepare meat if they choose.

Is there a mimimum resident age?

Yes. The houses are not currently appropriate for minors under 21 unless they are dependents of members over the age of 21. HAUS is working on opening a third residence, which will either be a student-centric coop, a large house, or a family-friendly house, depending on finding the right property and the right founding leaders.  Another priority for our houses is to ensure basic ADA compliance, such that we can reasonably attempt to accommodate persons with disabilities within the coop system.

Do I have to sign a lease?

If you are interested in living in one of our houses for more than six months, the answer is yes. Generally, we seek applicants who are interested in 12 month leases; however, subleases sometimes occur during the summer season.

Do you allow pets?

Policies regarding pets and ownership are currently written separately by each house and are subject to change. Current Status:

uRth HAUS: TBD

Rosalie HAUS: No further pets are being considered at this time. 

Are you members of NASCO?

HAUS Project is an active participant in NASCO; as such, all applying member become members of NASCO if they are not already. We also borrow much from the Rochdale principles and other successful coops from across the country.

How do I become a leader in the community?

If you are interested in being a leader helping to define a new community, please contact us. This is a tremendous opportunity for the right people to have a lasting, helpful impact on an emerging project that will benefit the Houston region for the long run.

Do you offer non-resident membership?

Apart from residency, we have ongoing associate membership opportunities for those looking to become involved but have their own living situations or would like preference to move in given an availability.

So, how do I become a member again?

We ask that all applicants and potential members (as well as passerbys and curious guests) come to two pre-announced dinners (24 hour advance notice). Though Sunday dinners are the best collection of members at any one time, both houses offer dinners throughout the week. All dinner start at 7pm. Consider bringing a gift or something to share with your new acquaintances!

uRth has dinners Monday through Wednesday. Rosalie offers dinner Monday through Thursday. Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming to dinner by contacting one of the following emails:

What other Co-Opportunities do you offer?

  • Become an Associate Member! As an associate member, you will have access to all common spaces and amenities including but not limited to 4-5 home cooked meals per week and a stocked vegetarian pantry, full kitchen, laundry facilities, urban garden, and internet at the house. Since you will already be plugged into HAUS, when rooms open in the future at Rosalie or Ruth Haus or when we start developing another coop, you will have priority notification of room openings. You are a full member of that house and the HAUS Project. Fill out an Application below to get started and talk to the member coordinators for details.
  • Become a Community Partner! Community Partners are members of the community than want to get involved in a greater capacity or help support the mission but either don’t have the need or ability to commit to an Associate Membership. Benefits include free Sunday Potlucks, participation in the Annual General Meeting, and eligibility for service as a Community Board Representitive. Cost: $35/year.
  • Come Visit! Guests can drop-in anytime for a modest fee of $5 per meal/day visit. We have an overnight guest fee of $7 per day of stay but a host and notice is required to secure accommodations.
  • Let’s build a HAUS! Future members of HAUS’ next house who are passionate about sustainability and communal living. These individuals desire to be leaders in the next house and are excited to share their time and energy making the next house a reality. These future members play important decision making roles regarding items such as house policies, and they will have first dibs on bedroom selection in the next house. We have a lot of ideas ranging from a family/child friendly coop to a Veteran’s/Senior coop, and probably a million other brilliant ideas we haven’t even thought of yet. We need the right people with the right knowledge to get these projects moving in a meaningful way. This is your chance to make something awesome.

Have any further questions? Shoot us an email at membership [at] hausproject [dot] org!

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