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Moving to LFC

At its most basic, we hope to find members who will be active and engaged participants in the community (why else choose to live here?).  If you’re not into things like sharing meals together 2 or 3 times a week, helping each other out, hosting travelers and making new friends, cleaning up messes as they’re made, and being generally community-oriented, or if you just don’t have time for those things, this membership probably isn’t for you (though you might be interested in one of our Friend of The Flower accommodations).  If you ARE into those things, please read on! =)

In addition to the usual house chore or two that would be expected in any living situation (your share of sweeping, vacuuming, dishes, and so on), monthly meeting, and monthly “work party” where we all get together to work on a project of our choosing, members are expected to make some sort of ongoing “collective contribution”.  Your contribution(s) could range from making hummus or granola to stewarding the Little Free Library or picking up trash around the neighborhood.  Other options include joining the Cook Team, the Garden Guild, or the Construction Crew.  Or it might entail representing the LFC at neighborhood meetings, at rallies, serving on steering committees, etc.
For more info, just ask!

Keep in mind that members are eligible for worktrade and that work parties, monthly meetings, and “collective contributions” count toward rent. =)

In short, minimum expectations for members are:

  • Sign on to our mission and values
  • Participate in an average of community 2 meals per week (hard to build community with people who are never around)
  • Participate in at least 8 Work Parties per year
  • Participate in at least 8 LFC general meetings per year
  • Make a weekly Collective Contribution and find someone to cover for you when necessary
  • Do your house chore(s) on a weekly basis (a.k.a. be able to clean up after yourself) and find someone to cover for you when necessary
  • Be a generally likable, community-oriented person =)
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First off, read this FAQ.  Then fill out our membership application!  Ideally, we prefer to meet potential members at least three times: once for a potluck or other event; once for a tour; and once for a dinner.   After all, you’re moving into an intentional community, not just renting a room, and we want to make sure it’s a good fit on both ends. =)  Also, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, FB, Instagram, Tiinder, etc and all around town wherever we go (okay, maybe not that last part).

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We offer two different types of housing:

  • Friend of the Flower – This option is for those who are interested in community living, but don’t have time for or want the commitment of making a regular contribution.  It’s also for those who are awaiting an opening in one of our member houses.  There is a strong preference for those who are community-oriented and actively engaged in the broader community.  These are 2 or 3-bedroom apartments at ~$300/month per bedroom plus utilities.
  • General Membership  –  This option is for those with a genuine interest in community building who want to make regular contributions to the LFC, to the Beechwood neighborhood, and to Rochester as a whole.  If civic engagement, community organizing, maker culture, social and environmental justice, urban agriculture, etc. are an integral part of your life (or you want them to be), this option is for you! In addition to the usual benefits that come with community-living, general members also have the option of doing a worktrade in order to offset the cost of rent and is eligible to become a member owner.
  • Member Owner – General Members who have made a significant contribution to the LFC over a sustained period of time are eligible to become member owners.  A member owner is exactly what it sounds like – a member who is a co-owner of the Little Flower Community.
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For long-term residents (read: six months+):

Friend of the Flower: Rent ranges from $300 – $600 plus utilities depending on the type of accommodation Water and garbage/recycling are included.

General Membership:  Rent ranges from $250 – $350 (depending on size of room).* That includes internet, water, garbage/recycling, and food! Utilities are split evenly among the members (roughly $25-35/month on average). For two people who are sharing a room, the cost is $300 – $400.  Discounted rates are also available to parents who would like an additional room for their child(ren).

*General Members are eligible for worktrade.

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You sure will! (unless, of course, you’d prefer to share) =)

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No, it’s not a cult (or is it???).  With that said, if you want to donate all your worldly possessions to us, who are we to say no?

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Sure thing. The cost of a shared room is an additional $50. (e.g. if room is $250 + $50 for second person, each person pays $150).

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Yes, you can take the #42 to downtown in 10 minutes (it’ll drop you off right in front of the Eastman School of Music if you like). We’re also right between the #38 and #39 (each within a 10-minute walk or less).

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That is not a question, but it is a great thing to have all the same! Have you tried riding it?

If you like bikes, you might be interested in helping out during our annual Bike Repair Skill Share and / or at the Beechwood Bike Repair Clinic.

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