Cohousing Directory - Community View
The Los Angeles Eco-Village Intentional Community (LAEV-IC) is a 40-member group within a two-block neighborhood of about 500 people in central Los Angeles. Started as a project of the nonprofit Cooperative Resources & Services Project (CRSP) after the 1992 civil uprisings, our purpose is to demonstrate a high quality of life with a lower environmental impact.
Those interested in becoming members are requested to demonstrate their commitment to more ecological and cooperative living patterns over time. We are a diverse and activist community.
We are organized into the 45 unit Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana limited equity housing cooperative and the Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust. We acquired our two buildings and the land from our nonprofit founding organization, CRSP, in 2012. We continue the eco-retrofitting of our buildings started by CRSP in the mid to late 1990s.
The community is rich in resources, including an organic produce and bulk foods co-op, an art studio, tool shop, Time Bank, sewing studio, several organic gardens and community meeting spaces, both indoor and out. We host a variety of activities which also serve the broader neighborhood and city at large.
The LAEV-IC meets weekly and establishes priorities and policies for the buildings, the intentional community, and the neighborhood. Regular community dinners and work parties open to other neighbors, friends, and relatives help glue the community together.
The very dense neighborhood is three miles from downtown Los Angeles, with many public and private schools, colleges, and universities nearby. We are also rich in public transit and bicycle culture, with many green-business development opportunities for those with entrepreneurial spirit.
Several members live and work in the neighborhood. Many are actively involved in social, ecological, and planning issues in the city. The Community and neighborhood are child-friendly.
The downside of the neighborhood is that there is still way too much traffic and pollution.
We provide regular tours, urban-sustainable-community workshops, public talks on a variety of related topics, and affordable accommodations for short stays.