The Boulder Community Housing Association (affectionately known as BoCHA) is a neighborhood association based not on a shared geography, but on the shared experience of living in community.
Our members include both non-profit owned and rental housing cooperatives, residents of the city’s co-housing communities, and other citizens interested in enabling and experiencing community oriented living in the city of Boulder.
Shared food and meals are a central part of our communities! BoCHA members pool resources and buy in bulk -- roughly $100,000 worth of bulk food in 2014. We spend about $5 per person per day, to eat mostly organic, minimally processed foods. Much of our food is sourced locally, purchased from cooperative producers, or salvaged from the nearly half of all food produced in the US that currently goes to waste.
If your community is interested in participating, learn more about our bulk food buying program.
We offer regular trainings to help our members develop skills for community living. These include consensus-based group decision making, meeting facilitation, conflict mediation, household budgeting and accounting, community labor and accountability system design, fair housing law, non-violent communication, and issues of systemic privilege and oppression. Our members also often share knowledge with each other directly in workshops on topics ranging from baking bread to making soap, retirement investing to bike repair. Many of these events are open to the public.
Check out our education page and for more information.
Our members are active in Boulder's vibrant civic sphere. Since the fall of 2013 we have been actively advocating for policies that would allow more people to legally live in affordable, sustainable, community oriented housing in Boulder. We also organize candidate forums during city council elections, and hold ballot issue discussions. Some of our members serve on city boards, commissions, task-forces and working groups related to housing, and other policy issues important to the community.
If you'd like to help us enable more community housing in Boulder, see what our Advocacy Committee is working on.
BoCHA helps existing communities recruit new members by publicizing openings within our extended social network. We also help create new communities by connecting people with similar desires and expectations, and providing support to new core groups who may or may not have previous experiences living in community.
Do you want to try living in a community, or starting up your own? Get more information about our membership and community development activities.