How do I join?
If the urban village concept and our values resonate with you, contact us to set up a meeting over coffee or come to one of our events. When you think OUV might be for you, there are two steps to becoming a community member:
1. Associate Membership
Once you’ve met with us and are interested in learning more and moving forward, your household can become an Associate Members for a period of up to three months. Associate member dues are $200 (non-refundable) for the three month period and cover expenses like coffee, room rentals and supplies. View details on the Associate Member application process.
As an associate member you can participate in community meetings to see how we make decisions and reach agreements. This is a great way to better determine if our group and cohousing are the right fit for your household. Associate Members are expected to participate regularly in our consensus decision-making processes, but cannot block decisions from going forward.
2. Equity Membership
If you’ve attended two events and at least one community meeting and decide that you want to commit to joining our community, you can become an Equity Member. At this point, you should contact us to schedule a meeting to answer any remaining questions and ensure that joining OUV will work for you financially.
Equity members must make a non-refundable commitment of $10,000:
Of that deposit, $2,000 goes toward community expenses and sees us through to move in. This community building fee covers childcare, facilitators, room rentals, workshops and other costs. Our finance committee provides members an accounting of our expenses every three months.
The remainder of your deposit ($8,000) will be returned to you when units are officially offered for sale and can be used towards your deposit with the developer. It will be held in our account at Vancity.
If you ultimately choose not to purchase a unit, these amounts will not be refunded, so it is important that you fully connect with our community and understand the commitment that cohousing represents. Please read the membership package (view as a Google Doc or PDF) for more info on the overall process.