In January of 2018 the Boulder Housing Coalition officially opened our fourth permanently affordable housing cooperative — the Ingram Court Co-op! We’re currently seeking enthusiastic founding members with experience in housing cooperatives, as well as a diverse set of brand new co-opers. This could be you!
About Ingram Court Co-op:
- The average rent is $678 including utilities. Rent differs from room to room depending on size, location in the house, number of windows, and other factors.
- Co-op members will need to income qualify. The income cap for Ingram Court is $34,400/year. Members will also need to be able to show they have sufficient income to cover the rent, food, and utility costs associated with living in the co-op. Also, know that City regulations can make it very challenging for students to income qualify, but there are some exceptions for non-traditional students (over the age of 24, or with dependent children, or with a documented disability are some examples).
- This year the City has also instituted an asset qualification process limiting residents of affordable housing to having no more than $55,000 in liquid assets.
- The house is 4600sf, and has 12 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and one big kitchen.
- As with other BHC houses, there is shared bulk food, household consumables and durable goods, regular shared house meals and labor responsibilities, weekly house meetings and democratic governance.
- The co-op has autonomy in and responsibility for all the day-to-day operations and minor maintenance of the co-op. This includes things like fixing leaky plumbing, shoveling snow off the sidewalk, painting murals in the house, growing a garden, etc. The co-op will have an annual minor maintenance budget of several thousand dollars to work with.
- The number of cars allowed at the co-op is limited. As of January, all the available parking spaces have been allocated to existing members. All new members must be car-free, or willing to sell their vehicles before moving in. This restriction is part of the City of Boulder’s co-op ordinance. We are exploring a partnership with eGo Carshare that would put a shared, potentially electric, vehicle on site for all house members to use.
- All members will receive memberships to Community Cycles and eGo CarShare. We are also working on a possible Neighborhood EcoPass program! If you’re passionate about public transit, and would like to help us organize the neighborhood to buy passes, we would especially love to have you be part of the community!
- The BHC is dedicated to upholding fair housing. Families with children are welcome and encouraged to apply, as are people of any racial or religious background, and any gender identity or sexual orientation.
- No more than 12 people may live in the Ingram co-op under the current co-op license. Because there are 12 bedrooms, this functionally means that room sharing will not be allowed — unless the people sharing one room are also willing to pay for another room. The BHC may consider applying for additional occupancy after the co-op has been in operation for a year or two.
If you’re interested in being part of the new co-op, you can apply now! If you’d like more information or have any questions, you can contact the house Membership Coordinator, currently BHC staff member Allie Lubbs, via: firstname.lastname@example.org.