Session materials from "Legalizing Cooperative Living," which was led by Zane Selvans (Boulder Housing Coalition) at NASCO Institute 2014.
Like many university towns, Boulder, Colorado has laws which prohibit more than a few unrelated people from living together. These laws increase the cost of housing and functionally mandate an energy intensive way of life. They are also fundamentally unjust, and disenfranchise a significant population of lower income citizens who share housing in Boulder illegally. These laws also make it very difficult to create new housing cooperatives. This workshop will explore the political context of the occupancy limits and detail our ongoing campaign to legalize several types of affordable, sustainable, shared housing in Boulder, including equity, group equity, and rental cooperatives.