Solar Community Housing Association (SCHA) is a Davis-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides cooperative housing for low-income people. SCHA is governed by residents, who serve as representatives on the board of directors. SCHA houses 88-90 co-op residents between six co-op houses with 7-15 residents each and “The Domes” – a co-housing community of 26 residents housed in 13 two-bedroom dome homes. SCHA leases three of the houses (the Tri Co-ops) and the Domes from UC Davis, and owns the three off-campus houses. Our co-ops strive to be a safe(r) and accessible space for people with marginalized identities, while simultaneously creating space to unlearn oppressive behaviors.
On these pages you’ll find more about who we are, our involvement in the community, and resources for members and other housing cooperatives. Welcome!
APPLY TO LIVE IN SCHA CO-OPS!
Here are some application questions that are common to all SCHA co-ops that may take more time and consideration:
- Cooperative living means a lot of things. What does it mean to you? What interests you about living at the the co-ops you are applying to?
- What communities do you view yourself being a part of?
- By nature of living in a co-op, there is a level of participation expected. For example, all co-opers are expected to participate in co-op meetings, which can take up to 2 to 3 hours per week (depending on the co-op), chores with varying time requirements, and work parties up to 8 hours per month. Some co-opers are also on committees that meet for 1-2 hours each week and have work assigned in between meetings. Keeping your own ability in mind, how much time could you realistically see yourself committing to the house/organization a day/week?
- Related to that, is there anything you want your housemates to know relating to ability to participate? (Ex. physical/mental health/ability or work scheduling, privacy needs, dietary needs, religious needs)
- What are some things you do for self-care?
- What makes you feel safe and comfortable?
- What do you anticipate will be good for you living in the co-ops you applied to?
- What do you think will be difficult for you living in the co-ops you applied to?
- Conflict is an inevitable part of community living, and living in a community that practices consensus decision-making requires compromise. Tell us about a time when you have had to compromise. OR Tell us about a conflict you experienced that felt unresolved.
- What aspects of our community are you interested in being involved with or learning about?