Become a resident
Our space is open to like-minded collaborators who want to join us for projects or as residents. We are looking for new est8mates (pronounced “estate-mates”; this is our term for roommates or flatmates who share an estate).
THE PATH TO BECOMING A Resident
Introduce yourself, get involved, get informed, and be proactive about making yourself a part of the community. Here are ten things you can do.
2) Reach out about volunteering. In your introduction, post about the types of contributions you'd like to make, and when you're available to come by and collaborate with us. This is the best way for us to get to know each other, to see if you like working with us, and to learn about what our growing community needs. Part of our culture is bonding over recreational logistics.
5) Meet us remotely, if you must. If you can't make it here in person, you can reach out about setting up a time to meet by video chat.
6) Make a friend who's part of our extended community and see if they're excited about living and collaborating with you, or if they can sponsor your community onboarding. Decisions about adding new members to the community are made by all the members equally. Not sure how to talk to people? We have a Guide To Getting To Know The Residents below.
7) Plan a project with someone here. As a community centered around creative collaboration, we give extra weight to candidates who are planning on creating together with people here.
9) Fill our our application form! When you're ready to apply, scroll down to get started!
10) Proactively and independently follow up on the progress of the application. After you apply, the ball is in your court. Be persistent about following up. Come get involved and get to know us.
Since we are a community of volunteers, if you don't hear back from us, don't take it as rejection, just ping us again, we were probably just distracted with cool projects away from our computers. Try us on Discord first, but if you have a hard time getting our attention there, you could also try emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are feeling at all intimidated about applying to live with or visit us, just dooo it! You're probably awesome. Don't let imposter syndrome stand in the way of your future! :)
EQUAL-OPPORTUNITY HOUSING STATEMENT
We do not tolerate bigotry, racism, racial prejudice, discrimination, or intolerance (except of the intolerant).
Black Lives Matter. Trans rights are human rights.
We acknowledge that our community operates on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Nipmuc People. We pay respect to those Indigenous Peoples who stewarded this land and lost their lives in the colonization of this land and recognize that these Indigenous tribes are still today facing violations of sovereignty, territory, and water.
We acknowledge the existence of racism in housing opportunities and commit to learning from and correcting our mistakes.
We recognize the systemic injustice that exists in what are considered "standard" rental applications, and we have made the deliberate choice to eradicate as many of those as possible in our own applications:
We do not request credit checks, bank statements, or proof of income
We do not request police background checks
We do not request employer references or past landlord references
We are tired of the gatekeeping that occurs by asking for these things before giving people housing. We believe it is possible to lead by example, by demonstrating a healthy residential community that does not require any of these things.
We ask prospective residents to self-report areas in which they might need extra support, so that we know how we could best show up for them as they transition into life here
We ask to speak to one person the candidate has lived with in the past, as a character reference, and to better understand how we can support this person as a roommate