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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a housing co-op?
2. What does it mean to live in a housing co-op?
3. How can I apply to live at the Austin Music Co-op?
4. Does the Austin Music Co-op provide emergency housing services?
5. How does the Austin Music Co-op screen applicants for housing?
6. When will rooms at the Austin Music Co-op be available?

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1. What is a housing co-op?
A housing co-operative is an association of people who have chosen to share homeownership as a group, rather than live individually. Members share equally in all privileges and responsibilities, agree on democratic control by the membership, and mutually share the benefits of co-operative activity.

2. What does it mean to live in a housing co-op?
Being a co-op member means having control over your housing. It also means taking responsibility to manage your co-op well. If you join, you will be expected to pay a monthly housing charge, attend members' meetings, join a committee or the board, help with maintenance, and occasionally help organize social or community events. In exchange, you will have a substantially reduced cost of living and the chance to be part of a cool community!

3. How can I apply to live at the Austin Music Co-op?
Before applying, be sure you want to spend some time and energy with the co-op. All members have 1-6 hours worth of weekly duties. These guidelines are part of the principles which all co-operatives put into practice: open membership, democratic member control, economic participation, independence, co-operative education, and community.

Most co-ops have waiting lists of people who would like to move in. These lists are particularly long for people who need subsidized housing. The standard wait to get into a housing co-op is between three months and three years.

4. Does the Austin Music Co-op provide emergency or temporary housing?
The Austin Music Co-op does not provide emergency housing, although overnight guests are allowed. Additionally, the Co-op does have a hostel-style dorm room with beds available by the night for musicians traveling through Austin on tour. Meals are included in the per night rate.

5. How does the Austin Music Co-op screen applicants for housing?
To apply for housing in the Austin Music Co-op, you must complete a short Membership Application. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be reviewed by the membership committee. You can download the form online, or pick it up at one of many locations around town.

6. When will rooms at the Austin Music Co-op be available?
Once initial operations are established, the Austin Music Co-op expects to have a 3 6 month waiting list. Only 23 rooms are available, so now's the time to get approved. Apply now to be a founding or future member of the Austin Music Co-op!

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