Canopy Member Application
Fill out this application to be considered for membership in The Canopy. We are looking for folks for about six rooms of varying sizes and price ranges.

We recognize this application is lengthy. We recommend scrolling through the questions first to get a sense of who we are looking for. Please allot no fewer than 60 minutes to complete this application. If you need assistance, please contact us.

Preferred* Name, Pronouns
*We firmly believe that this IS your name and pronoun, but if we don't say "preferred" sometimes people tell us their painful assigned information.
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email address
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Best way to reach you (email, text, phone)... if this is something other than email please provide the information needed contact you (e.g. phone #)
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How did you hear about The Canopy?
Do you have any dependents who will also live with you?
Please provide at least their gender pronouns and ages.
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Do you have any animals (service, emotional, etc.)?
As we house individuals with allergies, it's important for us to know how we might look to accommodate your furry friend and our less furry housemates.
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Why are you interested in living in our house? How would you benefit from this collaborative, safer space?
We use the language "safer" and "brave" space to acknowledge the politics of safety culture.
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Why is living in an intentionally child-friendly co-op an attractive option for you at this time? What do you bring to, and what do you seek to learn from parenting in community?
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What is your timeframe to move?
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What does feminism or womanism mean to you? What does it look like in your life?
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What does anti-racism mean to you? What does it look like in your life?
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At this time, many Canopy residents identify as queer. What does that label mean to you?
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What does being an ally to a marginalized person/group mean to you? Think about the various ways in which you are marginalized and privileged.
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When it comes to understanding the lives of marginalized people, how have you bridged gaps in your knowledge in the past? How do you dispel untruths about marginalized identities you don't hold?
We at the Canopy subscribe to the beliefs of Paulo Freire, that we are a community of teacher-students, and would like to know how you meet the challenge of being in both roles.
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How do you spend your days?
Please feel free to tell us how you "survive capitalism" but we are much more interested in how you like to spend them, not how you often must.
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How do you "recharge"? Do you skew extrovert/introvert? What are your needs in terms of private/alone time?
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What are your experiences with cooperative living and/or community organizing? If you don't have experience in this realm, what are you hopes for this experience?
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How do you define and contribute to communities and/or group projects in your life? What do you see yourself contributing to a space like ours?
This is a space to tell us about all the cool work you do! And your skills like how great of a cook you are, how good you are at helping others through personal strife and conflict, your energy and love, etc.
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If you have no dependents, why do you want to live with us? Can you tell us about at least one of the children in your life, and demonstrative ways you love and care for them?
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Your responsibilities: Cooperative living is hard work, not including the added stress of living with communal children, who often have needs that must be immediately met. Please reflect for a moment. Are you prepared to take on daily/weekly chores; contribute financially to shared groceries (EBT deduction available); attend house meetings bi-weekly; keep up with communiqué via Slack, email, text; pay your bills on time; and cook house dinner or do grocery shopping once a week?
What level of cleanliness are you comfortable with? Do you promptly clean up after yourself and others, or usually need coaching?
We can work with authentic appraisals of messiness as long as you are willing to work, too. For those who identify with needing "coaching," please read: http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a12063822/emotional-labor-gender-equality/
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Do you have experience living with marginalized people?
People of color, queer people, trans people, disabled people, first generation immigrants, etc.
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What haven't we asked that you wish we had? What would you like us to know? Who are you?
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What questions/concerns/needs for clarification do you have?
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