Re: Guidelines for selecting membership
From: Mariana Almeida (
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 11:22:21 -0700 (PDT)
Ok, searching my brain for anecdotal info... aren't co-ops like totally able to 
discriminate, viz all those terrible stories of prospective buyers catering to 
the whims of the co-op boards in New York City? Like, no divorced people, no 
kids, only little dogs, no drug-using celebrities.

If you have a need of specific type of skill set or some such, I think you can 
do it. Are you asking if you should? 

wikipedia says: 
Another key element (of housing co-ops) is that the members, through their 
elected representatives, screen and select who may live in the cooperative, 
unlike any other form of home ownership.

Berkeley Cohousing, a condominium.

> From: Harriet Lewis <hlewis [at]>
>To: cohousing-l [at] 
>Cc: Harriet Lewis <hlewis [at]> 
>Sent: Monday, September 16, 2013 2:17 PM
>Subject: [C-L]_ Guidelines for selecting membership
>In our limited equity co-op,  residents own a portion of the entire community 
>rather than an individual unit .  When the resident leaves, the unit reverts 
>back to the co-op.   We may be  exploring alternative ways for selecting new 
>members.  Do any co-ops choose applicants based on a list of skills needed by 
>the community?  For example,  priority is given to applicants who have 
>backgrounds in leadership, finance, building repair and maintenance, 
>gardening, secretarial skills, etc.
>Also, does anyone have a system where applicants might receive priority on a 
>wait list by showing great interest in the co-op, i.e. by voluntary attendance 
>at meetings and  workdays .
>Another example might be to give men or women preference when the community 
>gender balance  is skewed?
>As always,  we want to be very careful not to discriminate.  
>Marley Fein, Santa Rosa Creek Commons
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