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Getting involved

We know that before you get involved you'll have lots of questions. Here's what we recommend.

Joining the group

Once you've taken the steps above, we hope you'll be interested in joining us. Membership in Iowa City Cohousing entitles you to participate in decisions about the governance of the community.  We use sociocracy and make decisions by consent to ensure every member has a voice.

Membership requirements

  • Each adult member agrees to attend membership meetings regularly and serve on one or more work circles. Work circles are similar to committees. Our current circles include Community Life, Land, Buildings and Grounds, Finance and Legal, Communication, Rental, and Non-Violent Communication/Sociocracy.
  • Each household pays an application fee of $100 and then, upon completion of the application process, pays a membership fee of $900. Both fees are nonrefundable. Note: If you anticipate this fee will be barrier to your involvement, talk to one of the Board of Managers about possibilities. We have a limited amount of assistance that could be provided.
  • Each household contributes operating funds for the project to cover expenses such as engineering studies, legal advice, consultant’s fees, application fees, and day-to-day pre-construction operating expenses. See Membership Options for more information.

Types of membership

Iowa City Cohousing currently offers two types of membership: equity membership and contributing membership. We also have investors, some of whom are not formal members of the group. Read more about each of the membership options.

How to join

For information on becoming a member, see Applying for membership.