What qualities do we seek in an applicant?
We strive to be an inclusive community that welcomes all, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, or spirituality.
We are a community, and we contribute more to our HAUS than just our rent check. We seek members who are comfortable and want to opt-in to the co-op community—whether it be social events or just coming to dinner. We encourage a multi-cultural house, and our community is a place where we can share with one another and learn from each other's perspectives. We are also located within the community of the third ward, which is a special area with a rich culture. Beyond respecting the people of this neighborhood, we also seek to be aware of and make an effort to lessen our impact in a community that is undergoing gentrification and suffers from structural inequalities.
Our house is focused on being both ecologically and financially sustainable. Our sustainability officer position focuses on finding new ways to improve our house to be more sustainable. We only serve vegetarian meals and purchase vegetarian ingredients with HAUS funds. We're also working towards financial sustainability through grants and donations, with the intention to keep our housing available to everyone from any background. We hope to find applicants who are excited and motivated to propel this cause and move forward with new methods to improve our sustainability.
HAUS expects all members to treat one another with respect and kindness. This means that we expect our members to be willing to listen to one another's perspective and be understanding, even if it differs from our own. We don't expect everyone to agree on everything, but we seek members who are able to discuss with one another openly and without judgement.
HAUS is full of a diverse group of people from different backgrounds, and we seek members who are excited about diversity. Part of living in such a community is committing to be respectful to fellow members, as well as being conscientious and considerate. We want our house to be a welcoming space for everyone that comes, whether they are a guest or a member.
Keeping the HAUS running is an effort shared by all members of the house through labor and officer positions. Members are expected to take responsibility for their part, which means contributing labor, and eventually taking an officer position. We have labor teams like gardening, cooking, shopping, and more. We'll help you get started, but you'll have to be responsible in scheduling your time and holding yourself accountable for your own labor.
Communicative and Adaptable
Communication is an important quality in community living, and it's a skill that takes time to develop. We seek members that are able to learn and listen to others and who are willing to adapt their behavior if necessary. This amounts to compromising, as well as giving and accepting feedback; accountability is the responsibility of each member. We have an officer, the Trustee, who is devoted to ensuring communication and personal relationships to ensure that the HAUS is cohesive. We expect members to work with one another and with the Trustee if necessary to maintain the community of the house.
Our Vacancies - All houses
For a full overview of all our rooms, per house, please check our dedicated pages
Our 3-Step Application Process
If you haven't been to a dinner yet, this is the first step. Submit an application and schedule to join us for a meal so we can get to know one another.
- Fill out Application 1 to introduce yourself and schedule your first dinner with us.
- Then come to tour our house and meet current members.
- After the dinner, you can schedule your second dinner to ensure you meet as many members as possible.
So you already came to two dinners with us, you liked us (how could you not?). The next step is to officially express interest in a room (or maybe two, coquinou) and you'll be on your way to becoming part of our community. After submitting your background check, we'll give you an answer in 2 to 3 days, depending on how many applications are currently in process.
PS: Careful! Once we you submit your interest, everything goes quickly. As soon as we answer back to you, if positive, you'll have 3 days to submit your deposit and sign the lease (online). If you're late, we'll move forward with the next applicant on the waiting list.
Yay! You got accepted 😀 . Now let's fill out some papers. From the moment we say yes to you, you have 3 days to fill the following form (deposit and lease). Without a timely answer from you, we'll have to drop your application 🙁 (and nobody wants that, right?)