Friends

House Details

Number of Rooms: 

12

Number of residents: 

12-14

Adults: 

12

Children: 

2

Low Rent: 

$450.00/mo

High Rent: 

$600.00/mo

In Our Words: 

Our community is brought together by a sense of playfulness and currently consists of 12 adults of varying ages and 2 children, ages 5 and 13. Our recent attic renovation has increased our usable common space, allowing for more game nights, studying hangouts, and guests from political, cooperative, and animal rights organizations. Our garden brings members together and provides us with valuable experience in growing healthy food for our 100% vegetarian and frequently 100% vegan house meals. We enjoy working together to find creative solutions to problems both in informal discussions and formal decisions made by consensus. We use consensus to make collective decisions with which all members are comfortable. This pushes us to consider all of the possible effects and implications of our decisions, and to ensure that everyone’s ideas and concerns are understood and recognized.

Meals

Are all house meals vegetarian?: 

All meals are vegetarian

Vegetarian option at all meals?: 

Vegetarian option at all meals.

Vegan option at all meals?: 

Vegan option at all meals.

What other food options are available at all meals?: 

We accommodate any dietary preference, e.g. gluten-free.

Is meat allowed in the house?: 

Meat is allowed

Are there any restrictions on meat in the house?: 

Members may purchase and prepare meat separately from house dinners.

Meals/Week: 

4

Meals Cost: 

$105.00/month

Food Member Allowed: 

Yes

Meal Plan Participation: 

Required. Exceptions are made on a case by case basis.
Pets

Pets Allowed: 

Pets Allowed

Pet Policy: 

Pets larger than a toaster must be membershipped and agreed upon by consensus. No dogs will be accepted. Limit of 3 cats. To membership, pets must visit the house for a few hours with their owner. Pet owners are required to have a back-up location to which their pet could move if issues arise. The person agreeing to provide a back-up home must provide a reference letter for the pet, including a statement of their commitment to provide back-up housing. There will be a 2-3 week adjustment period after a pet moves in, after which all members will have an opportunity to voice concerns at a house meeting. If the pet owner does not adequately address major concerns within 2 weeks, the house may require a pet owner to leave with their pet, or to transfer the pet to their back-up home within 4 weeks.

Are there currently pets: 

No
Location/Contact Info

Neighborhood: 

University-Downtown

Parking available?: 

Parking is available.

What kind of parking is available?: 

6 spaces are available at no charge. If more than 6 people need parking, all pool together to pay for extra spots.

Address: 

437 W. Johnson St.

ZIP: 

53703

phone: 

(608) 561-1727

email: 

friends@madisoncommunity.coop
Membership

Membership Process: 

Attend 3 meals, complete a written questionnaire, attend a formal interview following the third dinner, and submit two letters of reference (one character reference, one financial reference). If you currently live outside of Wisconsin, webcam meetings can be substituted for in-person meals.

Rooms Available

House Room Number Price Date Available Main Area Notes
Friends #5 $247/mo 06/01/2013 68 Sq. ft.

This is a small-sized room with one west-facing window, one large closet, and shelves.

Friends #4 $339/mo 06/01/2013 174 Sq. ft.

This is a large-sized room with three east facing windows and two large closets.